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T: 01246 556 227
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Opening Hours
Monday 10am - 7pm
Tuesday 10am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Hol 10am - 5pm
Store Address
Unit 1
42 Chatsworth Road
Chesterfield
S40 2AQ
United Kingdom

Store facilities

  • Fine wine available
  • Free local delivery
  • Free chiller bin loan
  • Free Wine Courses
  • Free glass loan
  • Free tasting every day
  • Free parking
Store News(301)

Save 1/3 on Argentinian Malbec this Weekend at MajesticDate published: 21/11/14

Majestic are offering 33.33% off all our Argentinian Malbecs until Monday 24th November. We'll have a few of our favourites open on the tasting counter so why not pop down and make the most of what's on offer?

Wine of the Week Catena MalbecDate published: 21/11/14

Catena Malbec 2013, Mendoza


£12.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£8.66

This weekend we are offering a saving of 1/3 on all our Argentinian Malbecs. To celebrate, I thought I would open my all time favourite Malbec. High praise indeed!

A bright ruby colour in the glass and ripe red fruit on the nose are followed by a rich palate of plums and blackberries, coco and a subtle coffee bitterness with hints of sweet spice. Great length and soft tannin complete this behemoth.

Enjoy with a rare steak.


All NV Champagne 33% off - This weekend only!Date published: 15/11/14

If you love your Champagne or are just looking to stock up for Christmas then now is the time to grab your bubbles! Only until Monday all of our Non-Vintage Champagnes have saving of 33% on them. This results in some amazing prices for some amazing wines, for example:

Veuve Cliquot, Louis Roederer and Pol Roger all just £29.98

Laurent-Perrier Rose just £44.97

Perrier-Jouet Brut and Laurent-Perrier Brut just £24.99

Mumm Cordon Rouge and Drappier Premier Cru just £19.99

Nicolas Feuillatte just £14.99


These deals apply for magnums too, resulting in some truly excellent value! A few highlights including:

Taittinger Magnums only £39.98

Perrier-Jouet Magnums only £36.66

Nicolas Feuillatte Magnums only £26.65


There are many more great prices to be found in-store so why not come and explore!

Wine of the Week-Barolo MilaniDate published: 12/11/14

Barolo Milani 2010, Rocca


£15.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£11.99

Nebbiolo, used in the production of Barolo and Barbaresco, is often described as 'The King of grapes and the grape of Kings' and it's not hard to see why.

Several years bottles ageing have left this wine with a soft garnet colour and complex nose. A taste reveals rich plum and cherry fruits as will as spicy characteristics. Gentle tannin make this a great food wine.

Great with red meats and hard cheeses.


Wine of the Week - Peter Lehmann Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 04/11/14

Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Barossa Valley


£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.99

Peter Lehmann, known as the Baron of Barossa, is a legend of Australian winemaking. In the 70s he was ordered to buy less grapes from the Barossa growers, despite having given them his word not to. Instead of going against his word he took a risk and established his own company, Peter Lehmann Wines, using just their grapes; the same grapes he still uses today.

A weighty and ripe Cabernet that is easy-drinking regardless. Packed with dense blackcurrant fruit with a tinge of leafy spiciness, framed with fine-grained tannins.

A perfect match for mature cheddar cheese.


Fine Wine of the Month - Guidalberto 2012Date published: 03/11/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Guidalberto 2012 Tenuta San Guido, IGT Toscana

£33

Buy two save £10 fine wine deal

£28

This excellent wine from the Toscana region of Italy is the second wine to the much celebrated Sassicaia, with which is shares a number of similarities.

It is produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, each of which are vinified separately before blending and maturation in both French and American oak.

In the glass the wine has an intense violet colour, which leads onto a soft rounded palate displaying plum, loganberry and sweet spice. Will benefit from either leaving to breathe or decanting, after which it will begin to open up and show more developed flavours such as liquorice.

Enjoyable immediately but will continue to develop over the net 3-4 years.

Really good value for a wine of this class!


Wine of the Week - Gavi La ToledanaDate published: 28/10/14

Wine of the Week: Gavi 2013, La Toledana

£11.99 - Buy 2 or more bottles and save 33%

£7.99

The white wines produced in Gavi, a small village in Piedmont, have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy due to their fresh, steely minerality. This wine is a Gavi di Gavi, from the vineyards closest to the town.

Lots of ripe peach and pear flavours with hints of citrus finish on a slightly honeyed edge, due to the late harvesting of the grapes.

A beautiful aperitif, yet will also complement poached white fish.

A real personal favourite of mine!


Southern French Wine tastingDate published: 18/10/14

We have an additional tasting in store this weekend of some exceptional Southern French wines.

Paul Mas Estate Viognier, 'Nicole Vineyard' 2013, PGI Pays D'oc 

£6.66 from our buy 2 save £33% range

The vineyards of Paul Mas account for nearly 100 hectares around the town of Pezenas near the Mediterranean coast. With only 15% of the grapes fermented in oak, this Viognier places the emphasis firmly on freshness of flavour. The characteristic peach and floral notes take centre stage and the oak's vanilla and honey touches adding very subtle embellishments. 

Lacheteau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Vin de France

£5.99 from our buy 2 save £25% range

Founded in 1987 by Andre Lacheteau in Anjou, this estate comprises mainly Loire vineyards, but today encompasses a number of vineyard sites across a wider area. The wine is still made in the Loire style, with cool fermentation and early bottling for maximum purity. Unmistakable aromas of freshly cut grass, ripe gooseberries and and subtle white flower notes on the nose. Fresh citrus fruit and mouthwatering acidity bathe the palate.

Alain Grignon Carignan Vielles Vignes 2013, PGI Pays de L'Herault

£6.79 from our buy 2 save £15% range

An indiginous grape variety to the Languedoc, Carignan produces dark ruby red wines and plenty of body, and are said to be a great expression of the rugged heathland terroir around Carcassonne. Deep and inky red in colour, the wine is crammed with black cherry fruit, lifted by subtle vanilla aromas from a touch of oak ageing.

Chateau de Pennautier 'Terroirs' d'altitude' 2011, Cabardes

£8.99 from our buy 2 save £25% range

A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cabardes is the only AC that is allowed to use Bordeaux / Languedoc grapes in the same wine. Each variety is vinified seperately before blending, integrating over 14 months in French oak. This is a classy and well structured wine: deep garnet red in colour, with a power and harmony to the flavours and aromas of blackcurrant, with spice and chocolate notes.

Delicious Craft BeersDate published: 14/10/14

Fancy a nice cold craft beer whilst sat in front of the television, watching strictly come dancing?

Then you have to try these three ales on the tasting counter:

Proper Job: This is a powerfully authentic IPA with a modern twist. Proper Job is brewed with a series of imported hops to give a wonderfully citrus flavour, with subtle hints of pine resin and spice to give it that classic IPA taste. Voted Champion Bottled Beer by CAMRA in 2011 and second place in 2013.

Vedett Blond: A blond, light, well hopped premium beer with 5.2% alcohol content, is the cult beer today. Made with natural ingredients – wheat, barley, hops, coriander and dried orange peel. The beer is bottle conditioned and unfiltered for added complexity.

Dead Pony Club (Brewdog): A rock 'n' roll American session ale, this Californian IPA packs a huge hoppy punch. Super fresh, with mango, citrus, peach and caramel notes.

All on the tasting counter NOW to try!

Get yourself into Majestic Chesterfield soon. 

Wine of the Week: Goldwater Sauvignon BlancDate published: 14/10/14

Wine of the Week: Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough


£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.99

Some days you just want to enjoy an old favourite. There is so much to love about the crisp, gooseberry flavour of a good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This Wairau Valley Sauvignon displays both freshness and complexity.

A fresh, light style of Sauvignon, this displays the leafy characteristics and minerality of some of the Loire's finest appellations, combined with the riper fruit you would expect of a Kiwi wine.

Enjoy with seafood.


Spanish Wine Tasting TOMORROW!!Date published: 08/10/14

Calling fans of all things Spanish!

To kick off our Spanish Spotlight Tasting Week which starts on the 10th, we will be hosting a special Spanish Spotlight Tasting at 6.30pm on Thursday 9th October, we will guide you through 6 different Spanish wines in an informal, tutored tasting.  So if you are a lover of Spanish wine or you just want to explore something new, give us a call to book your free place.



Pilsner Urquell: £1 per bottleDate published: 04/10/14

Buy a 24 bottle pack of Pilsner Urquell for just £24 until 27th October.


This Czech Pilsner is the original clear golden beer. Crisp, but full of  hoppy bitterness and a slight caramel sweetness. An absolute bargain.

Wine of the Week - Parrilla Malbec 2013 Viñalba, MendozaDate published: 01/10/14

Parrilla Malbec 2013 Viñalba, Mendoza

Malbec is the most emblematic Argentinean wine is made.

Born in Cahors, in the south of France, it was brought to Argentina in the mid XIX century and it adapted well to every wine region in the country.

It began to be massively cultivated, due to its sanity, vigor and its potential for top quality wines.

Malbec has been subject of many elaboration methods, which led to the most varied styles of wine, from young and simple wines to the most complex and aged ones, including roses, sparkling and fortified wines.

These grapes have been sourced from mature vineyards in Valle de Uco. 50% of the wine has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, to achieve a fruity yet complex flavour profile.

Best enjoyed with roasted beef, and game meats.

£7.99 *

*When you buy any two wines on the 33% offer 


Cellar CircleDate published: 26/09/14

Starting a wine cellar of your own is an incredibly exciting prospect. With thousands of wines to choose from, you can build a collection perfectly suited to your own tastes. But this plethora of options can also feel daunting - we understand that working out where to start can hold you back. 

That’s where Cellar Circle comes in. A partnership between Lay & Wheeler, who have spent 160 years building up relationships with the world’s greatest producers, and Majestic Wine, with over 30 years experience inspiring people to discover and explore the fantastic world of wine, Cellar Circle is all about providing a bespoke, individual experience, giving you all the support and advice you need to create the cellar of your dreams. 

Membership of Cellar Circle starts from £100 a month, all of which will go towards your wines. You may wish to make a lump-sum payment to give your collection a push, and the more you put in, the faster you’ll see your cellar grow. You can amend your subscription at any time. 

Alongside building your dream wine cellar, belonging to Cellar Circle brings exclusive benefits and rewards:

10% discount at Majestic Wine, for all your everyday needs. 

A year’s free professional wine storage for new customers to Lay & Wheeler, at our bonded warehouse, Vinothèque. 

Free case delivery to any Majestic store for ease of collection. 

A case of wine, individually chosen for you by the Cellar Circle team, on the first anniversary of your membership.


Know your RoséDate published: 26/09/14

Know your Rosé
What does the term Blush mean?
Blush - this is a very pale pink rose wine.
  White Zinfandel is the dominant grape in this sector and Blush wines sell very well in America.
A blush can be made from Grenache Blanc, Cabernet Blanc, Merlot Blanc and Blanc de Pinot Noir.

Sparkling Specials!Date published: 26/09/14

Want to add a bit of sparkle to the Autumn evenings? Until the Monday 29th September you can enjoy all of our Prosecco range and a selection of Champagnes at 33% off the single bottle price when you buy 2 or more at 33% off.

That includes:

Prosecco Rivamonte - £6.66 down from £9.99

Prosecco La Marca Cuvee NV - £9.99 down from £14.99

Pasqua Prosecco Treviso - £7.99 down from £11.99

Laurent Perrier Brut NV - £24.99 down from £37.50

Laurent Perrier Rose - £44.97 down from £67.50

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV - £33.31 down from £50

Hurry – you don't want to miss out 


NEW FIZZ!!! Date published: 26/09/14

New in... Soffio No.3 Prosecco NV 

A superb value Prosecco made by the Pizzolo family, one of the north of Italy's archetypal family businesses, run by four brothers from a facility close to Lake Garda. This wine is made using the Charmat method, in which it is rendered sparkling prior to bottling.

Full of apple and pear flavours with subtle notes of freshly cut flowers. Soft mousse and gently ripe fruit makes for an easy-drinking style.

Enjoy on its own or with anything from seafood to simple chicken dishes.

Usually £9.99 But when you Mix and Match 2 bottles, you save 33% 

Making it only £6.66


Winter Wine Evening! Date published: 26/09/14

Join us on Monday 10th November from 18:00 – 20:00 for a completely FREE tasting!

Sample a variety of wines as you discover the labels to look out for over the winter months. Turn up at a time to suit you, taste away and enjoy the informal atmosphere with a range of delicious nibbles!

For any more details or to put your name down please ask a member of staff!!

We also have lots of other upcoming tasting dates from spotlight tastings to out award winning wine courses. 


Which wines to age...?? Date published: 14/09/14

There's a saying that fine wine only improves with age, but this isn't always the case!

Let us give you a quick guide to which wines you can lay down to rest, and which you should drink immediately.

Sweet and Fortified Wines are the ultimate aging wines. Sauternes and sweet Riesling can last up to 25 years, and Vintage Port up to 50. 

Tannic Reds from Top Regions like Medoc, Burgundy, and Barolo have more than enough structure to support prolonged maturation. As a rough guide, they should be drinking very well 20 years after their vintage, though some may last even longer. 

Other Red Wines are typically best drunk within 10 years of their vintage. They may not have enough structure to support further aging, or benefit from a little freshness remaining in their profile. 

Rich Whites like Meursault and Condrieu can be drunk young, but may also benefit from 5 years of aging. After this time they will have less of a fresh fruit taste, but their rich complexity will have moved to the fore. 

Light Reds and Whites are generally best drunk young. For Sancerre, Valpolicella, Albarino, and Pinot Noir, pop them open and enjoy right away!


5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer ListDate published: 14/09/14

5 Top Reasons to Join the Majestic Customer List

You may have been into our store recently and heard about our exclusive customer list but decided not to join at the time. Alternatively, you may already be on our customer list but were wondering what else it is useful for. Below are five top reasons why you should sign up today if you are currently not a member!

Tried a new wine recently that you absolutely loved but can't remember the name? No problem! If you are on our customer list we can easily look up your purchase history to find out what you bought. We can then use this information to recommend you new wines to try if you are looking for something a bit different. We can also add you to our private, in-store database if you would like us to contact you about specific stock arrivals and offers.

If you are on our mailing list, you will be the first to know about our exciting new offers. We also advertise online exclusives through email, so ensure you opt-in for this if you would like to know about these deals. 

We also hold regular free wine events, including: wine courses, spotlight tastings, and a few larger wine tasting evenings. Let us know if you would like to be kept informed about these, as these are always popular events.

If you sign up in store, you'll get a voucher that gets you £10 off your 7th bottle, next time you come and see us! Already a regular customer with us? Bring along a friend, and if you both buy 6 bottles, you each get £10 off your 7th bottle!

Finally, we do free delivery on all orders, with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles.

Let us know by email or phone if your would like to join our exclusive customer list today. Alternatively you can join in-store the next time you shop with us.


Food matching with ViognierDate published: 14/09/14

Viognier – great all-rounder in food and wine matching.

Its flavours are unique, with exotic aromatics and a mouth feel of chardonnay it shows peach-skin-scents and floral notes along with balancing richness, creamy texture and high acidity.

Viognier is truly underrated in its ability to pair with food. The difference between French viognier and those from Australia, California or Chile is the ripeness factor, which is much more reliable in the New World than in Europe. This is the reason why viogniers from outside Europe can taste like a fruit basket, with explosive flavours, while those from France show more restraint and subtlety. When young it is packed with stone fruit flavours: ripe apples, pears, apricots. When aged, it can stress flavours of: nuts, marmalade and preserved-fruit notes.

With young, unoaked viognier the choice of food should suggest sweetness, but not really sweet, like Morroccan tagine of chicken, preserved lemons and cinnamon or yogurt marinated Indian style dishes. Also dishes such as braised poultry with garlic or trout stuffed with nuts and raisins. Any preparation which picks up on the fruit flavours and sweet spices of the wine will pair nicely. Other ingredients that work with this grape include rich-textured, slow cooked root vegetables, pasta and risotto and richer fish and white meats. Viognier also goes well with some shellfish, as texture and ripe fruit bring out the basic sweet flavours of quality scallops, crab and lobster. Any butter or cream based sauces can be easily matched with viognier as the texture with its balanced acidity cuts through their richness.

With aged versions, dishes which comprise nuts, dried fruit and white meat rather than seafood work best.

Viognier goes well:

With full-flavoured and rich recipes. It pairs well with thicker sauces and richly textured dishes.

With combination of fruit and sweet spice, including Indian mango chutney, Chinese plum sauce or tangy barbecue sauce.

With almost all cheeses .

With most curries. Whether it is Thai, Indian, Malaysian or Caribbean.

With smoked foods: fish, chicken, duck or cheese.

With caramelized vegetables and starches, such as roasted root vegetables, baked squash, polenta and risotto.

Viognier does not go well with:

With light starters. The wine requires something rich to match up, otherwise it will overpower the food.

With foods that are very tart. Avoid serving viognier with green vegetables, fresh green herbs, olives, capers and other sharp ingredients.

With sharp sauces such as vinaigrettes and acid dressings.

With hot dishes. Being fuller bodied and more alcoholic the wine can come as too hot.

With strong white fish. Any fish that are pungent such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel or sea bass should be avoided.


Short term offers Date published: 14/09/14

Great short term deals

For a couple of weeks only we have a selection of red, white, rosé and prosecco at reduced prices. Some of the highlights include- 

PG Rosé Breganze @ 5.99* 

Gavi Montiero @ 5.99*

Zonin Prosecco @ 6.99 

Moet NV Champagne @ 28.98*

*when you buy 2 or more wines on 33% off as part of mixed case.



BEER OF THE MONTH - Samuel Adams Boston LagerDate published: 14/09/14

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

In 1984, Jim Koch started The Boston Beer Company on a shoestring. Jim truly was an underdog. No one had heard of high-quality, full flavoured American beer. He believed in his beer, and believed that with a little luck people would try Samuel Adams and come to love it. Against the odds, a movement began, and the American craft beer revolution was born.

The Samuel Adams Boston Larger – the go to beer started it all. It helped lead the American beer revolution, reviving a passion for full-bodied brews that are robust and rich with character. Since 1984, Samuel Adams Boston Larger has only used the finest hand-selected ingredients to create this perfectly balanced, complex and full-bodied original brew.

24x330ml Bottles Only £24.00


Nyetimber Offer! Date published: 08/09/14

Offer alert...

Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009 is only £23.98 When you buy 2 or more as part of your mixed 6!

Nyetimber are located in West Sussex, and since their original plantings of classic varieties in 1988, have established themselves as England's premier sparkling wine house, making world class wines to rival (and often beat in blind tastings) the big names of Champagne.

Taste

A beguilingly Champagne-like nose of citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread. The mousse is finely pearled, soft, yet mouth-filling and persistent. Elegantly shaped and supremely poised.

I love this English sparkling wine!! <3


White Burgundy Vintage'sDate published: 08/09/14

White Burgundy Vintage Information

2011: Mixed weather produced wines that are
generally early-drinking, ranging from light and
straightforward Villages wines to aromatic yet
elegant Cru wines.

2010: Excellent vintage. Yields were down but
good overall conditions produced wines with both
weight and acidity.

2009: Cool and mild throughout summer, with a
late pre-harvest mini-heatwave. Wines are fresh,
well balanced and cellar well in the short term.

2008: Yields were low but very good quality
overall, and the wines are generally intense and
firmly structured, with good acidity and ageing
potential.

2007: A late improvement in the weather led to
some ripe, pure and rich whites by patient
producers who picked later.

2006: A very good year for rich, ripe and
relatively forward wines. Chablis is also excellent
with particularly refreshing acidity.

2005: One of the best vintages of recent years, with
low yields of outstanding wines across the board.

Fine Wine of the Month - Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011 Cantina NegrarDate published: 08/09/14

Fine Wine of the Month

Amarone Classico ‘Vigneti di Roccolo’ 2011 Cantina Negrar

Since 1933, Cantina Valpolicella Negrar has told the story of men and women devoted to the crafting of quality wines: the finest, sincerest expression of a region home to more than 600 hectares of vineyards.

Cantina Negrar is historic cooperative winery with 230 members: families who work under the guidance of a highly qualified team as they live and breathe the poetry of a region that has been farmed with love for generations, the fruit of which becomes wine imbued with history and passion. All the work in their vineyards is carried out by hand in order to leave the local environment and its biodiversity unharmed, continue the winemaking tradition of the Valpolicella Classica region, and be the driving force behind both social and cooperative projects.

The hills of Valpolicella Classica are a swath of lush woodland, marble quarries and marogne, the dry-stone walls used to terrace the region’s pergola vineyards.

Brooding, deep, intense aromas of Christmas cake, chocolate, cinnamon, sweet fruits and spice. The concentrated palate offers a thick texture and soft velvety tannins, very rich fruit characteristics.

A wine that can age for up to 5 years or be enjoyed right now, particularly with game, rich pasta, tomato flavoured sauces and cheeses.

£18.00*

* when you buy two bottles on the fine wine deal


New 25% Off Picks for September Date published: 07/09/14

Here's a selection of 25% off wines that are currently on fantastic offers. Can't beat a good bargain! 

New Zealand 

Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Martinborough

Ripe fruit and crisp acidity combine seamlessly in a delicately textured palate. Best enjoyed with a selection of seafood canapes or ripe goat's cheeses.

£13.86

Chile

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot 2013 Colchagua Valley

A great example of Chile's most celebrated red varietal, mainly from vineyards in Colchagua Valley, with 15% Casablanca Valley fruit added for extra freshness of flavour. Aged for 12 months in 30% new French and American oak barrels.

£8.24

Spain

La Garnacha 2012 Salvaje del Moncayo

Northen Spain offers some of the most classic expressions of Garnacha (or Grenache), with this wine being a notable example, made from grapes harvested from ancient 'wild' bush vines in the mountainous Moncayo end of the Ebro Valley.Powerful aromas of wild berries and tobacco leaf are tempered by a sense of freshness and floral edges. The middleweight palate has ripe red fruit and a Burgundian minerality, with subtle French oak.

£7.86

Italy 

Passimento 2011 Pasqua

The name of this wine is derived from 'appassimento', the traditional Valpolicella method of partially drying grapes before fermentation. In one month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, concentrating the juice and intensifying the wine's flavour.

£8.99

Argentina

Ben Marco Malbec 2012 Dominio del Plata, Mendoza

In 1999, as a result of the need to express their love and dedication to viticulture and winemaking, Susana and Pedro of Dominio del Plata, started their own project together. The grapes are handpicked from vineyards in the foothills of the Andes.

£12.74

South Africa

La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Western Cape

In the Franschhoek valley of South Africa's Western Cape, is where you will find La Motte. Grapes for the production of La Motte wines are drawn from La Motte’s estates as well as other farms in the Cape winelands. This is a lively, zesty Sauvignon Blanc bursting with apple characters which are quickly followed by gooseberry and green pepper. The palate is dry but full with racy acidity.

£7.49

Australia 

De Bortoli Windy Peak Chardonnay 2012 Yarra Valley

The De Bortoli estate is one of the largest in Victoria. This partially barrel-fermented Chardonnay is made at their Dixon's Creek winery, and is sourced from sites in Victoria's Yarra Valley, predominantly the Dixons Creek, Tarrawarra and Yarra Glen sections. A bright and vibrant yellow with a faint greenish hue, with complex aromas of citrus fruits, integrated with subtle oak influence. Medium weight, fresh acidity and a rounded texture on the palate.

£8.99

Rhone

'Les Galets' Côtes du Rhône 2012

Galets are the large pudding stones found in the Rhône valley which help store heat and provide excellent drainage. This Côtes-du-Rhône is blended to provide an accessible, early drinking style without being overly tannic or full bodied.

£6.74

Loire

Reuilly Cuvée Nathalie 2013 Nathalie Lafond

Nathalie Lafond has now taken over the running of the domaine from her father, Claude. This is her signature cuvée, made from a selection of the best parcels of vines, and is a match for top quality Sancerre without the premium price tag.

£8.61

South France

L'Etoile de Begude Chardonnay 2012 Limoux

Domaine Begude is a small hilltop domaine very close to the town of Limoux, owned and managed by British couple James and Catherine Kinglake. The area is known for its relatively cool climate and hence its ability to produce crisp and aromatic Chardonnay, with characteristics to rival fine Burgundies, but at significantly more palatable prices. This wine is blended from specially selected parcels of vines immediately adjacent to the Kinglakes' house.

£13.49

Bordeaux

Château Recougne 2011 Bordeaux Supérieur

Château Recougne is an early-17th-century estate located around 10km north of Libourne, and is among the most well established of Bordeaux Supérieur properties. It is planted with around 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.

£8.24

All these offer's are on until 29th September. 

Remember we also offer a FREE delivery service too!  

CORK POPPING CHAMPAGNE OFFERS!Date published: 07/09/14

With the Autumn's Colours offers now in full flow it bring with it some cork popping offers on the champagne range! If its just an 'I fancy a bottle of fizz' to any special occasion you really don't need to look any further! We have a great selection of offers you really can't refuse! 

J de Telmont Grande Réserve NV Champagne

One of the few remaining, family owned Champagne houses, De Telmont produces this excellent non-vintage in a medium bodied, soft and fruity, classically yeasty style. Fabulous value.

£24.00   £15.99

Canard-Duchêne Brut NV Champagne

Excellent value for this fabulous and well-respected Champagne. Clean and fruity in style, with baked-bread and bruised-apple notes, fresh and easy drinking.

£27.00   £17.99

Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top 2007 Champagne

Heidsieck & C° Monopole, now owned by Vranken and Pommery is one of the oldest champagne firms in the Champagne region. This vintage Champagne is soft and rich, with hints of citrus, apple and subtle vanilla. Perfect with canapes.

£30.00    £19.99

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV Champagne

A delicate salmon pink rosé, made in Feuillatte's soft, welcoming style. The mousse is fine and the nose is one of intense blueberry and raspberry notes. Perfect with turkey.

£30.00    £19.99

Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV Champagne

Produced in the Epernay region of Champagne, and dating back to 1811, Perrier Jouët consistently produces excellent Champagnes. The style is friendly and open, with a refreshing ripeness to the soft, appley fruit and a zesty mousse. Perfect with canapes.

£37.50    £24.99 


Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV Champagne

From the maker of Cristal, a deliciously rich Champagne, with an overt fruitiness and nutty, yeasty notes. A long, complex and rewarding finish is a hallmark of the house style.

£45.00    £29.98

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2006 Champagne

The 2004 vintage from Moët & Chandon is superbly structured and refined. Blending 50% Chardonnay with 34% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, the character leans towards elegance, with subtle richness.

£50.00    £30.00

Pol Roger Réserve NV Champagne

Pol Roger's historic underground cellars are 33m deep and average particularly low temperatures. They thus provide an environment uniquely suited to slow fermentation, and are responsible for this Champagne's famously super-fine mousse

£50.00   £33.31

These offers run until 29th September 2014!

Remember we also offer a free delivery!!

New Web Exclusive ParcelDate published: 06/09/14

New Web Exclusive Parcel

Today sees the start of our new web exclusive parcel.
It's an exciting parcel of Mosel Rieslings including a variety of maturing QmP wines and a very good value QbA Riesling:

• Ayler Kupp Kabinett from 2007 and 2008
• Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett from 2007 and 2008
• Kanzemer Altenberg Spätlese 2006
• Kaseler Kehrnagel Spätlese 2005
• Falkensteiner Hofberg Riesling 2008 – outstanding value at the equivalent of £6.99 per bottle.
• A mixed case containing 3 bottles of the QbA Riesling and 3 bottles of Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett.

The wines are from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium and Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier. Both are well regarded producers and we have stocked many of their wines over the years and this parcel is fantastic; classic zingy Mosel Riesling with some peachy sweetness.
The whole parcel can be found online at http://www.majestic.co.uk/mosel-riesling-parcel

New 33% Off Offers for September! Date published: 03/09/14

The start of the month brings a whole bunch of new offers at Majestic and this months offers include many of the new wines to the majestic range! 

It can be hard to decide what to pick so here are some staff recommendations for you. 

Spanish 

Pizarras De Otero

A true elegant style of wine from Bierzo, produced from the Mencia grape variety. One you must try!! 

£6.66

Rhone 

Cotes-Du-Rhone Saint Esprit, Delas-Freres. 

Blended from Grenache and Syrah-Shiraz, this wine possesses an impressive purity in its black fruit. Great easy drinking red for a party! 

£6.66

South African 

Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc -NEW IN 

Good new addition. This Sauvignon is produced by one of South Africa's top female winemakers. A palate full of gooseberry and passion fruit! 

£5.99

New Zealand 

Matua Sauvignon Blanc

A great well-rounded Sauvignon combining tangy grapefruit and gooseberry flavours. Would be an excellent choice as a party white! 

£6.66

Italian

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2013 Poggio Civetta - NEW IN

A ripe and approachable, medium-bodied and distinctly Italian red. 

£6.66

Australian 

Parcel Series Shiraz 2012 Clare Valley

A special parcel selected by our Buyer, made by a dynamic collective of young winemakers based in the outskirts of Adelaide. A true Majestic Special! 

£6.66

Argentinian 

Alamos Chardonnay 2013 Catena, Mendoza

A great style Chardonnay. This wine displays a stunning array of ripe peach, pear and apple flavours which marry harmoniously with toasty oak.

£6.66

Bordeaux 

Château La Vieille Cure 2007 Fronsac - NEW IN

Well-balanced claret with an abundance of inviting fruit. Drinking well now.

£13.32

Chilean

Lady Sauvignon 2014 Casablanca Valley - NEW IN 

Lithe and lively Sauvignon Blanc that showcases Casablanca's trademark style. Invigorating tropical fruit aromas and herbaceous notes 

£6.66

Wine of the Week - Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 03/09/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Maipo Valley

The Santa Rita winery was founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez in the same area of Alto Jahuel where its main facilities stand today. From the end of the nineteenth century to mid-1970s, the winery developed under the ownership of the García Huidobro family.

Maipo Valley is located in the Metropolitan Region to the south of Santiago in the foothills of the Andes, which causes high thermal variation of 20ºC between day and night. It has a Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers, dry falls, moderate winters and springs free of frost.

Deep ruby-red in color, with a bouquet of black fruits such as black currants, blueberries, and blackberries with dried figs, cigar box, and spice notes. The concentrated palate offers well-rounded ripe tannins that create the prominent backbone that leads the wine on to a long, lingering finish.

Great match for spicy red meats, wild fowl, ripe cheese, venison, kidneys and goose.

£7.99 *

*When you buy any two bottles on the 33% off deal 


Last weekend to grab The Summer Selection! Date published: 30/08/14

Although it may not seem that summer has already ended our summer specials have not. You have until Monday to snap up our last days of summer prices.

The Chesterfield favourite's

 Mud House Sauvignon Blanc £6.66

Jean Vincent Pouilly Fume for only £9.99

Eguia Reserva at £6.66

Harriet's red pick - Pizarras de Otero only £6.99

Or a fancy party fizz of Prosecco La Marca Treviso for only £8.66

These and many more lovely wines at 33% off when you buy at least any two bottles from the range.

Snap them up quick!


Wine of the Week: Poggioargentiera MorellinoDate published: 26/08/14

Morellino di Scansano 2012, Poggioargentiera


£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.99

Some days you just want to enjoy an old favourite. Made with Morellino, a style of Sangiovese native to Southern Tuscany, and Ciliegiolo, the genetic father of Sangiovese, this wine was one of the first I tried when I started at Majestic. It's still one of the best!

A fresh ruby colour in the glass, this wine offers rich blackcurrant and cherry flavours, gentle acidity and a long, smooth finish. An intriguing alternative to Beaujolais.

Enjoy with simple rustic dishes like Shepherd's Pie.


Bouvet Rosé's Back!! Date published: 21/08/14

For those that are yet to give it a try, it's a sparkling wine from the Loire Valley that is cultivated from Cabernet Franc grapes using the traditional method.  Salmon pink in colour, this delicate sparkling roséis light and welcoming delivering raspberry and peach fruit character whilst maintaining a rich moussy feel, the perfect apertif!

Those of you who have been waiting for it to come back in stock, be sure not to hang around too long as we don't have the largest amount of stock and it really does sell like hot cakes!

A good friends had it at their wedding at the start of the month and everybody loved it!! 

Best of all, it's currently just £8.99 a bottle when you purchase any other bottle on the 'save 33%' offer, an absolute steal!


Food and Wine Matching with Fish!! Date published: 21/08/14

My mother has recently returned from Scotland on a short salmon fishing get away so thought I'd take the opportunity to do some food and wine matching with fish! Fish is a real favourite of mine, quick to cook and bags of fresh flavours make it the perfect midweek supper.  However, fish can vary significantly both in terms of its texture and flavour, this means you need to be more specific when picking a wine to match the dish.

Oily Fish: These include the likes of tuna, sardines and mackerel, meaty in texture with quite bold and pronounced flavours, you'll need a fairly robust wine that will stand up to the fish.  Examples include muscadet or a Riesling that has both body and acidity to cut through the richness of the fish.

Freshwater Fish: These include fish such as salmon or trout, best when baked or pan-fried.  Like oily fish they can be quite rich and so need either a similarly rich wine or a wine with ample acidity to clean the palate.  Examples include Chablis due to its freshness or Gewurztraminer which would suit an oriental style trout.

Shellfish & Molluscs: Shellfish & Molluscs depends mostly on the method that is used to cook the fish.  Simple dishes that intend to simply celebrate the fresh flavours of crab for example, need a wine that is refreshing and light that won't overpower the fish, a light Riesling would work here.  Conversely a rich dish such as Mussels in a garlic and cream sauce may call for something equally as rich like an oaked chardonnay.

Saltwater Fish: Saltwater fish such as cod and haddock are best served simply with a wedge of lemon, or classically deep fried.  If you plan on deep frying the fish, you cannot beat champagne, rich in flavour with bags of acidity to cut through the fatty batter.  Alternatively, an oaked chardonnay would work well with just a simply poached cod.


Majestic Chesterfields Wine of the WeekDate published: 16/08/14

Errazuriz Estate Carmenere

£10.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£6.99

Carmenere is undoubtedly the signature grape of Chile, this is the only country where the grape excels and produces a really unique style. The grapes are hand picked and aged in French and American oak barrels giving the wine a broad range of aromas and characteristics.

A medium bodied wine with big tannins, it has aromas of black pepper, tobacco, chocolate and smoky oak. The spicy notes linger on the palate with the hints of dark chocolate and coffee leaving for a long finish. A great match with red meats!


Wine of the Week: Ramon Bilbao RiojaDate published: 12/08/14

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2012, Ramon Bilbao


£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33.33%

£6.66

With bright sunshine outside, you might not think of this as typical Rioja weather, but the Ramon Bilbao isn't your typical Rioja...

Bright red in the glass; this blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo exudes a freshness and fruitiness that is rarely seen in Rioja. Clean cherry and blackberry flavours are backed by a classic hint of vanilla.

Enjoy in the sunshine!


Summer Selection ChoicesDate published: 09/08/14

Our 33.3% summer selection is in full flow still. With the August promotions now in effect here are some of my top picks!


Barbera Sucule Lanata: £11.99  Buy 2 save 1/3 = £7.99

A real favourite of mine, from Northern Italy it has flavours of cherry, plumb and spice. Goes very well with rich pasta dishes or red meat.


Amalya De Colme£11.99  Buy 2 save 1/3 = £7.99

An interesting blend including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tannat but dominated by 70% Malbec. It has losts of unusual dark fruits with hints of vanilla spice, would make a great BBQ wine.


Zorita Temprinillo: £6.66 Buy 2 Save 1/3 = £6.66

As you expect, similar characteristics to Riojas but with an intense red fruit character.


Macon Roche Blanche: £13.49 Buy 2 save 1/3 = £8.99

A real elegant wine from Burgundy, the small amount of oak ageing gives the wine body and added complexity. Great on its own or a perfect match with pork or chicken dishes.


Mud House, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: £9.99 Buy 2 save 1/3 = £6.66

A typical New Zealand Sauvignon, loads of gooseberry and citrus fruit with distinct minerality to it. This is a really good example of Kiwi SB and at £6.66 you cant beat it for price!

WINE OF THE WEEK: The wonderful Macon Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' '2013' Louis JadotDate published: 05/08/14

Macon-Villages 'Les Roches Blanches' 2013, Louis Jadot


£13.49

SPECIAL OFFER

£8.99

Made from the prestigious chardonnay grape of which the majority was sourced from the superior quality vineyards from around the villages of Loche. Located in southern Burgundy.

Very clean, fresh and fruity in style. This wine has subtle green apple and pear flavours balanced with a pleasant minerally finish.

Perfect as an aperitif, on a hot summers day or with most white fish dishes. 


Alamos Malbec Date published: 29/07/14

Alamos Malbec 2013, Catena, Mendoza


£9.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£6.66

Hailing from the prestigious region of Mendoza in Argentina this wine offers a real raisiny character with lots of blackberries, blackcurrants and coffee notes.

A Medium bodied wine with ripe sweet tannins.

A Majestic firm favorite.

This wine is complex and will mature over the next 5 years. Can also be drunk now with an array of roast meats.

Have it with your Sunday roast beef!!


The Ned Sauvignon BlancDate published: 22/07/14

For one a week only special offer, Majestics best selling wine is back down to £6.99. It has won many awards and continues to get fantastic write ups by the wine critics. The most recent being in Jane MacQuittys top 50 wines of summer.

It has aromas of nettles and grass with a big hit of gooseberry and a herbal twist on the palate. The stony terroir give the wine a subtle minerality which adds to its complexity. A perfect wine fr the summer to drink on its own or partner with seafood or salads.

Great Wines for Summer at Fab Low Prices!Date published: 16/07/14

We've got some Summer Scorchers on at great low prices until August 4th.


Picpoul de Pinet Villemarin £7.05 buy 2 save 15% £5.99

A light refreshing white from the Languedoc. Plenty of zippy citrus fruit, and not too much afternoon. A great alternative for fans of Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for days in the garden.


Mont St Jean Corbieres £5.87 buy 2 save 15% £4.99

A fresh fruity Southern French red. Subtle tannin and great length make this the got to wine for your summer barbecue.


Torres Vina Sol £7.99 buy 2 save 25% £5.99

This smooth, crisp wine with hints of tropical fruit will put you in mind of sunny Spain. Try it with a light sea food supper.


Prosecco Corte Alta £9.99 buy 2 save 33.3% £6.66

It's Summer. It's Party Time. The friuity Prosecco will be a hit at your Summer event.

Fine Wine of the Week 'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two HandsDate published: 11/07/14

'Angels' Share' Shiraz 2012 Two Hands, McLaren Vale

From the beginning Two Hands have set out to build a wine company that has a different approach, one that is innovative and not afraid to think outside the box. They aim to put fun back into wine.

With regards to the winemaking styles, they concentrate on sourcing the best fruit from the best Shiraz vineyards in Australia, working closely with the growers to achieve the full potential of each individual vineyard.


Angels Share is part of the picture series which is Two Hands premium collection of varietal wines that deliver regional and varietal distinctiveness. Angel Share has assertive aromas, bursting full of blackberry, bramble and white pepper. Glossy dark cherry and mulberry fruit on the palate with fresh acidity that is rounded by fine tannins. This is a classy wine that brings to the fore the best attributes of a McLaren Vale Shiraz.


“We believe wine tasting to be a very personal and sensual experience experience and we hope that you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy producing them”

Michael Twelftree (Proprietor & MD)


£18.00*

*When you buy any two bottles on the fine wine deal.



Peter Lehmann Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Barossa ValleyDate published: 11/07/14

Peter Lehmann, a member of the Order of Australia and the original Baron of the Barossa, and a legend of Australian wine. He helped shape the industry for over seven decades. His contribution to the industry as a whole was acknowledged in 2009 with an International Wine Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Portrait series embody the original promise Peter Lehmann made to the growers – to make the wines show the true character of the Barossa. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from all corners of the Barossa Valley, taking full advantage of the variety's multiple characteristics.

Vineyards from the north, which are higher and enjoy cooling gully winds, capture the perfumed character, while the southern vineyards are rich, and create the backbone of this complex wine.

This is a stylish fruit driven Cabernet with a bright red colour and classic blackcurrant fruit definition that finishes softly – it drinks beautifully now and should continue to improve over the next couple of years.

£8.91 *

*When you buy any two wines of the 15% off offer


Deals on MalbecsDate published: 09/07/14

Argentina has become one of our best selling sections over the last couple of years.. all down to the increased popularity of their Malbecs. The grape is originally from France, most well known in the Cahors region in the south of France. It has found its spiritual home in the Mendoza region at the foot hills of the Andes mountains. The altitude and climate here provides perfect conditions for the grape to flourish. Here are some of the wines on our 33% off Summer selection range:

Santa Anan Malbec  £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Alamos Malbec  £9.99 buy 2 save 33% £6.66

Portillo Malbec  £10.49 buy 2 save 33% £6.99

Tucumen Malbec  £11.99 buy 2 save 33% £7.99

It is not just the Argentina that are producing great quality wines, Chile are also trying there hand at it to great effect. The Con Amigos Malbec has attracted great publicity in the last week... appearing on Saturday Kitchen and also making it into Jane Macquittys 'Top 50' summer wines in The Times.

Con amigos Malbec  £8.99 buy 2 save 33% £5.99

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2009, Leyda ValleyDate published: 01/07/14

Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere 2009, Leyda Valley


£11.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£7.99

Most Santa Rita wines are very modern and fruit-driven, this is not. This wine is made with a little more class than the rest of its counterparts. The carmener comes from sites in the Marchigue and Apalta regions.

Full bodied, this wine offers both the nose and palate an array of blueberry, plum and oak sofetened cassis fruit. Underneath the fruit you get secondary charcteristi such as coffe, dark chocloate and cigar box.

Will boast well with steak but can also be put with something a little more gamier such as rabbit or duck.


Wine of the week: Argento MalbecDate published: 23/06/14

Argento Malbec


£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save 3

£6.66

One of the best Malbecs we do at majestic. Another great example from the Mendoza region in Argentina, the grapes are grown at high altitude and suit the regions climate. This ensures temperatures are are ideal for the malbec grape to flourish.

Deep violet in colour, this wine offres a big hit of blackberry and blackcurrent fruit, with hints of vanilla and well balanced acidity. This wine is more fruit driven than some of its other Medoza counterparts.Ideal with grilled red meats and spicy pasta dishes.

Dans top 3 summer selection picksDate published: 22/06/14

We have some great deals on throughout the summer but there are 3 that stand out to me. With a lot of our current offeres ending on Monday 30th June be sure to take advantage of these great deals!

For the white: Kings Favour, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- £14.99 or buy 2 save 33%: £9.99

A fine example of Marlboroughs favourite grape, this is lively and intense with distinct mineralty to it. A new world version of a Sancerre.


Exceptional red: Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva- £14.99 or buy 2 save 33%: £9.99

This is a firm favourite of mine and is one of the iconic wines from the Rioja region. It is full-bodied, smooth with complex aromas of vanilla and toasted oak but not lacking any of the summer fruit flavours.


A bit of fizz: Bouvet Ladubay Saumur Brut- £13.49 or buy 2 save 33%: £8.99

made by Taittinger in the traditional Champagne method with Chenin Blanc. This represents unbeatable value for money for a quality sparkling alternative to Champagne.


Remember we do free delivery for 6 bottles so dont hesitate to cointact us on 01246 556227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk

Rioja'sDate published: 21/06/14

Hey Its Max here, im a month into my traning now. Im really starting to gain knowledge about an abundance of wines.


So far i have to say the Riojas are winning it for me.

With their varios ageing process's:

Crianza: Aged for 24 Months. A favourite i have tried would be the Vina Eguia Rioja.  Currently on great value at £6.66

Reserva: Aged for 36 months. Marques de Riscal. £9.99 fantastic offer, well worth what you pay for.

Gran Reserva: Aged for 60 months. Lagunilla 2006 Gran Reserva, great price a the minute bursting with complexities. 

All give great complexities, tannins, oaky vanilla falvours. Which i Love!!

Craft beersDate published: 20/06/14

We have some excellent craft beers added to our range where you can mix and match to save £6.. If you want something a little different and really want to enjoy your bevy whilst watching the world cup have a look what we have to offer below:


Brooklyn Summer Ale: A light hoppy easy drinking summer ale.

Brooklyn Lager: This American original displays a firm malt centre with a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma.

Anchor Steam: A deep amber colour with a thick, creamy head and rich, distinctive flavour.

Einstock Icelandic White Ale: Made with pure spring water and infused with coriander and orange peel, it's full textured yet light on the palate, with a refreshing citrus zing.

Brew Dog Punk IPA: Light golden in colour with tropical fruits and light caramel on the nose.

All £9.99 when you buy any two 6 packs! 

Awesome Wine of the WeekDate published: 17/06/14

Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2011, La Casetta


£17.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£13.49

A wonderful valpolicella wine hailing from the beautiful hilly villages of Lake Garda. Ripasso wines such as this one have had a portion of the fermented dried skins from amarone added to them. The amorone skins add alcohol, fruit and complexity unlike any other wine you will have tried before.

Hints of cherry and spices on the nose. One sip leaves your mouth bursting with complex flavour's. Cherry, berry fruits and hints of vanilla send waves up and down your inner cheeks leaving a smooth, silky long finish leaving you wanting more. 


Wine of the Week: Rioja Crianza 2010 Grand VendemaDate published: 10/06/14

Rioja Crianza 2010, Gran Vendema


£9.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£6.66

Another great Red wine straight out of Rioja. Made from 100% Tempranillo grape. Aged for 12 months in American oak barrels and a further 12 months in bottle.

Gorgeous aromas of raspberry and strawberry hit the nose. A very easy, smooth drinking wine that is very versatile for hosting dinner parties, whether it be with cured meats, lamb or simply drank on its own.


Maximus's Wine of JuneDate published: 05/06/14

Hello there Ladies and Gentlemen,

Here are my five wines of June:

Coming in at number 5: Villemarin Picpoul De Pinet 2013 £6.74

Number 4: Cuvee De Richard Rouge 2013: £5.49

Number 3: The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2013: £7.99

Number 2: Heidsieck & Co. Monopole Brut NV: £14.99 Cracking Value!! Perfect with a Chippy Tea. 

And at Number 1: Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2013: £6.66 The Hottest Wine to come out of New Zealand since the birth of wine!!

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita 120 Viognier Central Valley Date published: 03/06/14

Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2013, Central Valley


£8.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£5.99

This wine hails from a superb name “Santa Rita”. Another great viognier from the Central Valley region in Chile. With free run-juices and light pressings it has maintained a light and crisp feel.

Intense flavours such as pineapple and apricot, softened with floral aromas make this wine a great choice with Chinese style dish, sushi or stir-fry. 


Offers ending Monday 2nd JuneDate published: 30/05/14

We have some fantastic deals ending on Monday 2nd June from our summer selection, this is our 33% off products. So make sure you call in, try some of the wines and take advantage of these cracking deals. Some of the selected wines going up are:

Oytser Bay Sauvignon Blanc: £11.99  Currently £7.99

Alamos Malbec: £9.99  Currently £6.66

Gavil Toledana: £11.99  Currently £7.99

M de Minuty Rose: £14.99  Currently £9.99

Nicolas Feuillatte NV: £25  Currently £16.66


These are the prices when bought with and other product from our 33% off 'Summer Selection' (minimum purchase 6 bottles) So pop in, say hello and we will be more than happy to reccommend some wines. Failing that, give us a call on 01246 556227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk

Wine of the week: Macon Village Les Pierres BlanchesDate published: 28/05/14

Macon-Villages Blanc Les Pierres Blanches 2013 Cave de Lugny

£9.99

SPECIAL OFFER

£8.99

One of the best burgundys we do at Majestic. Situated in the heart of Maconnais, Cave de Lugny great value for white burgundy. It is the third largest producer in Burgundy.

A lovely pale lemon colour with citrus and apple undertones, hint of blossom and faint traces of honey. This wine is perfect with butternut squash and roast garlic soup. Very easy drinking but will develop over the next 18 months.

WINE OF THE WEEK: Boschendal Sauvignon BlancDate published: 20/05/14

Boschendal, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

£6.74

Buy 2 Bottles Save 25%


In the Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain slopes lies the vines and grapes which make Boschendal wines. The vineyards stretch over 250 hectares of undulating land where combined with the coastal climate give this wine growing region the potential for a very crisp and tropical style.

This Sauvignon Blanc from Boschendal is vibrant, fresh and packed with various fruits. On the nose you can tell immediately the depth of tropical fruits including pineapple, mango, passion fruit and grapefruit. Tasting the wine follows through from the smell, adding a bit of lemon and lime to the mix, making this wine a fruit driven Sauvignon with a crisp finish.

Perfectly drinkable without food, or with a range of fish.

2 NEW Superb Summer Sauvignon Blanc'sDate published: 14/05/14

I have some exciting news... ! We have just stocked up on two BRAND NEW Sauvignon Blanc's. And better still, they are both on our 33% off Summer Selection.


Wave Series - £6.66

A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime. Light in weight yet persistent and concentrated in flavour. If you visit us in the next couple of days, we have this wine available to try on the tasting counter... You will LOVE it, I'm sure!

Mud House - £6.66

Pale straw yellow, with heady aromas of fresh grapefruit, guava and hints of nettles. Crisp, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, combining citrus and tropical fruit with green vegetal undertones. Another absolute beauty.


Remember, they are on our 33% off Summer Selection so you could take one of each and still get the amazing £6.66 price. Bargain.

Call us on 01246 556227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk to purchase yours now.. You will not be disappointed!


Portillo MalbecDate published: 12/05/14

Portillo Malbec

£10.49

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£6.99

One of the best Malbecs we do at majestic. Another great example from the Mendoza region in Argentina, the grapes come from vineyards over 1000m above sea level. This ensures temperatures are are ideal for the malbec grape to flourish.

Portillo recently won the prestigious Decantor magazine award for 'best malbec under £10' so comes highly recommended. Dark plum and bramble fruit on the palate, balanced by lush tannins. Great match with red meats.

New Rose [Part 2 of 2]Date published: 11/05/14

Following on from yesterdays look into our new Rose selection, here are some more which are sure to tantalize your taste buds...


Calima

Calima means 'mist': something of a common occurrence in the vineyards of Catalunya. Garnacha is the principal red grape here, and its red berry character and low tannins make it the ideal grape for making a fruity rosé such as this.

Inviting aromas of fresh strawberries dominate the nose, while the palate leans towards flavours of ripe peach and apple, supported by refreshing yet soft-edged acidity.

£5.99 (Buy any 2 save 25%)


Vallée Des Pins Rosé

The vineyards of Vallée des Pins are located just to the north of Aix en Provence. The wine is made by traditionnal 'assemblage', in which the constituent grape varieties are vinified separately, before being carefully blended to achieve the desired style.

Pale and delicate in appearance, this rosé offers remarkable depth of flavour and aroma. Strawberry, raspberry and white peach fruit combine with more exotic guava-like characters.

£7.49 (Buy any 2 save 25%)


AIX (Magnum)

An award-winning wine from one of the region's largest and most prestigious wineries, Domaine de la Grande Séouve, who have established AIX as perhaps the definitive Provence rosé. unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit. Boldly brought to you in a party-ready magnum!

£19.99




New Rose [Part 1 of 2]Date published: 10/05/14

With summer fast approaching, and the weather increasing in temperature (I assure you, I am not mad).. The time has begun to reach for the Rose, folks. Here are some of the newest editions to our vast Rose selection at Majestic Chesterfield...


Miraval

Some of you may or may not know that the Chateau Miraval in Correns was taken over last year by none other than Hollywood Stars, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie... Interesting, I know! Their 2013 vintage is now in Majestic stores across the country and we have some of the wonderfully designed bottles on sale here in Chesterfield.

The rose has a nose full of strawberry and stoned fruit whilst the palate is well balanced with notes of berry fruit, tangerine and peaches. A bottle of this rose would certainly be a talking point this summer as well as being fantastic to drink. Come in and check them out!

£17.99


Pied Tanque

A pale and delicate rosé, offering a straightforward nose of ripe red berry aromas and a light, gently off-dry palate that is rounded and soft in texture. Great with salmon steaks or any barbecued fish.

£5.49


Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 tomorrow ladies and gents...


Having a wedding?Date published: 09/05/14

Did you know, if you're looking to buy wines for your local wedding, you can come in and try them first at no cost?!

Our expert staff will guide you through what can be a very daunting task with precision and efficiency.

With our professional advice we will help you, with your budget in mind, by guiding through our best offers and matching the wines to your food menu. Glass and Chiller Bin Hire - we have everything needed to ensure you truly do have a special day... and of course, we will deliver it all for FREE.

Plus, we offer sale & return - meaning, you can return any wine, beers or spirits that you do not drink.

So if you're looking to tie the knot, give us a call on 01246 556227 or email us via chf@majestic.co.uk and we will happily call you back.

NEW WINE OFFERSDate published: 08/05/14

We are excited to introduce a new, simpler pricing structure at Majestic: in-store, online and mobile.

All of our wines are now either:

A straight price
Buy any 2 save 15%
Buy any 2 save 25%
Buy any 2 save 33%
Buy any 2 selected fine wines or spirits save £10

We believe these new offers give you a much easier way to discover new wines as you can mix through different countries and regions, still getting the fantastic reductions.

As always, we are at hand to help you explore our diverse range of wines so any question feel free to ask

Explore the new way to shop at Majestic online or at your local Chesterfield store today!


Wine of the week: Santa Ema SauvignonDate published: 07/05/14

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc

£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£6.66

From the cool climate of the Leyda Valley in Chile. All the grapes are hand picked, and the granite/clay soil produces a wine with excellent minerality. You can almost picture yourself drinking this by the sea on a warm summers day.

It has a complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit. It has a distinct minerality to it on the palate with a well balanced fruit character and acidity. Enjoy this on its own, with seafood or salads.

Bank Holiday Weekend Opening HoursDate published: 03/05/14

The BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND is upon us, and you'll be glad to know... we are open EVERY DAY!


Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Monday: 10am - 5pm


Our 33% OFF SUMMER SELECTION is also in full swing, so make sure you take advantage of our AMAZING BARGAINS !

Top 5 Bank Holiday Weekend PicksDate published: 02/05/14

It's that time of the year again.... another bank holiday weekend! I trust you are all as excited as I am!

For those of you that have not stocked up on your wine for the weekend, never fear.. we have plenty of bargains in store! Here are my personal Top 5 Picks....


First Class, Pinot Noir - (£5.99) Jam-packed with red fruits on both nose and palate, this Pinot Noir is awash with raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant fruit, framed by supple tannins... First class if I ever saw it!

Callia Bella, Malbec - (£5.99) An attractively deep purple wine, with an up-front and straightforward wild berry character, with hints of baking spices. Intense and generous on the palate, with plush tannins and good ripeness.

Santa Ema, Sauvignon Blanc - (£6.66) An inviting and complex nose of grapefruit and passion fruit, framed by subtle herb and mineral notes. The equally expressive palate has well-balanced fruit character and acidity.

Gavi Toledana, Crotese - (£7.99) Ripe peach and pears with hints of citrus and a slight honeyed edge held together by steely minerality and a fresh acidity.

Bouvet, Sparkling Rose - (£8.99) This is a light and immediately welcoming sparkling rosé, with a raspberry and peach fruit character, a fine mousse and a clean and uplifting floral nose.

Wedding and party service- Look no furtherDate published: 02/05/14

We are well into spring and finger crossed, another good summer just around the corner. This can mean only one thing... weddings and parties a plenty. At majestic we offer a fantastic party service, We do:


-Free glass hire, ice buckets and chiller bins

-Free delivery

-Sale or return (if you over order, anything you dont use you can bring back)


As well as this, the main benefit of using us is our excellent selection of wines at every price point and knowledgeable staff to help recommend and ensure you get the perfect wine for the occassion. Here are my 3 wines that represent real value for money and wont break the bank but are excellent quality.

Calia Bella Malbec (£5.99 when you buy 2 or more) A cracking example of Argentinian Malbec from the famous Medoza region. It has blackcurrent fruit, full bodied but has subtle tannins and is well balanced so could be drank on its own. This would be better suited to ejoy along side red meats.

Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc (£6.66 when you buy 2 or more) 'Summer in a glass' this is fresh, crisp and has plenty of fruit on the palate. This Cliean Sauvignon has more minerality than its New Zealand counterparts, giving it an elegant finish. Lovely on its own and the perfect partner to any salads or seafood.

Langlois Brut, Cremant de Loire (£9.99 when you but 2 or more) If you want a Champagne but dont want to pay Champagne prices then this is the one for you. Coming from the Loire valley in France it is made in the traditional Champagne method. on the palate you get citrus, golden apple and biscuit aromas. There you have it, 3 great wines and excellent value! Of course everyones tastes differ and myself Tom or Sam will be happy to talk you through other alternatives. Call us in store on 01246 556227


Dates for the diary: Free tastingsDate published: 30/04/14

We are into summer now and our free tastings are coiming thick and fast. Please see below our up coming tastings starting with our Chilean spotlight on Saturday.

Saturday 3rd May- Wines of Chile

Thursday 15th May- Summer invite tasting

Friday 13th June- Wine course

Thursday 26th June- Wine course

To find our more information, go to our 'Events' tab of the web page. To book your place call us on 01246 556227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk


Our wine of the weekDate published: 30/04/14

Serena Pinot Grigio, Banfi

£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

£6.66

Banfi is one of Italy's best producers and this Pinot Grigio from Tuscany is no exception. Some Pinot's can be lackling in flavour and character but the warm sunny climate really brings out flavours of lime, pear and banana.

This wine is made with all free-run juice so has little contact with the skins, producing a delicate colour and light in body. It is crisp, fresh but with some lovely fruit which balances out the wine really well.

Cracking value, to be enjoyed on its own or with white fish.


OFFER ENDING TODAY - The Ned, Suavignon Blanc - £6.99Date published: 28/04/14

OFFER ENDING TODAY - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99

Currently part of our Easter Pick n Mix promotion, we believe that this will be the last time it will be at £6.99 this year - so get yours whilst stocks last! 

This deal will end today - 28th April 2014.

If you would like to take advantage of this great deal, pop into store or reserve yours via 01246 556227 or chf@majestic.co.uk


OFFER ENDING SOON! The Ned, Suavignon Blanc - £6.99Date published: 27/04/14

OFFER ENDING SOON - The Ned Sauvignon Blanc at £6.99

The ever popular Ned Sauvignon Blanc is now just £6.99

Currently part of our Easter Pick n Mix promotion, we believe that this will be the last time it will be at £6.99 this year - so get yours whilst stocks last! 

This deal will end on Monday - 28th April 2014.

If you would like to take advantage of this great deal, pop into store or reserve yours via 01246 556227 or lchf@majestic.co.uk


Wine of the Week: PassimentoDate published: 24/04/14

PASSIMENTO, 2011

£8.99 when you buy 2 or more 

(SAVING £6!)


This wine gets its name from 'appassimento', which is the traditional method of drying grapes before fermentation as done with Valpolicella. In a month the grapes lose around 30% of their water content, this concentrates the juice and intensifies the flavours.

This is a dense and deep wine, black and red cherries abound with delicate hints of leather and spice. The palate is luscious and complex with generous tannins and a long finish.

This would be the perfect match to a slow cooked shin of beef.


Do you have a wedding or party coming up??Date published: 19/04/14

We are well into spring and finger crossed, another good summer just around the corner. This can mean only one thing... weddings and parties a plenty. At majestic we offer a fantastic party service, We do:


-Free glass hire, ice buckets and chiller bins

-Free delivery

-Sale or return (if you over order, anything you dont use you can bring back)


As well as this, the main benefit of using us is our excellent selection of wines at every price point and knowledgeable staff to help recommend and ensure you get the perfect wine for the occassion. Here are my 3 wines that represent real value for money and wont break the bank but are excellent quality.

Santa Rita 120 Merlot (£5.99 when you buy 2 or more) This red is a match for anything, it is a real fruit driven style but with enough body to stand up to most types of meat or equally enjoy on its own.

Grand Heron Cote du gascogne (£5.99 when you buy 2 or more) 'Summer in a glass' this is fresh, crisp and has plenty of fruit on the palate. Lovely on its own and the perfect partner to any salads or seafood.

Bouvet Ladubay Samur (£8.99 when you but 2 or more) If you want a Champagne but dont want to pay Champagne prices then this is the fizz for you. Made by Taittinger, it comes from the Loire valley in France using the traditional method. Floral aromas and hints of baked apple on the palate it oozes class.

There you have it, 3 great wines and excellent value! Of course everyones tastes differ and myself Tom or Sam will be happy to talk you through other alternatives. Call us in store on 01246 556227

The Guigal Cote-Du-RhoneDate published: 17/04/14

Guigal Cote-Du-Rhone, 2010

£11.99

Buy 2 bottles save 25%

£8.99

Guigal is arguably the most famous producer in the Rhône Valley. Founded by Étienne Guigal in 1946, his son Marcel is almost single-handedly responsible for the regions resurgence over the last few decades.

This full-bodied wine offers a robust core of dark fruit, and savoury white pepper notes that make it a superb food wine. Its a team Chesterfield favourite, we will be sure to get you to try it on the tasting counter if you drop in... it wont disapoint. Try with any red meat dishes or with rich vegetarian dishes like moussaka.


Sam's wine of the weekend: Grand HeronDate published: 11/04/14

Evening folks,


Having recently opened a bottle of the Grand Heron on our tasting counter, I can safely say that if you are looking for a light, refreshing and incredibly tasty wine - then look no further...

This fresh white Southern French wine is perfect for the hot days we've recently been blessed with (let's hope it lasts!). Ripe grapefruit, crisp on the palate and shouldn't give you that dreaded hangover as it is only 11% alc.

Once you have tasted this wine, I assure you that you will be blown away by the incredibly low price of £5.99


Have a great weekend folks

Easter opening hoursDate published: 10/04/14

Our Easter opening hours are as follows...


EASTER OPENING HOURS

Friday 18th April: 10am – 8pm

Saturday 19th April: 9am – 7pm

Sunday 20th April: Closed

Monday 21st April: 10am - 5pm


We have plenty of offers currently, not least our 33% pick 'n' mix range, so make sure you take advantage over the Easter weekend.. !

Wine of the Week: Marques de Riscal, Rioja ReservaDate published: 10/04/14

Marques de Riscal, Rioja Reserva

SAVE 25%

when you buy 2 or more selected wine

£10.99


Being a fan of Spanish Rioja's in general, the Marques de Riscal is right up my street. Warm, complex, smooth and elegant on the palate with a long and velvety aftertaste.

With this classic Rioja Reserve, on the nose you will experience intense aromas of ripe red fruits. Additionally, you will also pick up complex aromas of toasted oak and vanilla.

This experience will then continue onto the palate with silky tannins and a ripe fruity character. 

This wine most certainly is... a smooth operator..


£14.66 single bottle price

Chesterfields Wine of the Week: Cvne Rioja ReservaDate published: 06/04/14

Cune Roja Reserva, 2008


£13.99

Buy 2 bottles save £8

£9.99

A real top producer, founded in 1879 and still family owned. I am yet to tryb a wine I do not love from them. From there crianza to there top gran reserva, they are all top wines and this is no exception.

This is a soft luxurious wine, mid garnet in colour with a lovely brambly nose and a hint of spice. Nuances of warm leather, caramel and coffee over rich autumn fruit. Great complexity hat will go perfectly with roast duck or lamb!


Looking for a new wine supplier?Date published: 05/04/14

Are you looking for a new wine supplier for your business? Bar, club or resturant we supply to everyone!

What we offer:

~ A wide range of commercial only wines 

~ A large selection of beers and spirits

~ Competative prices

~ Knowegable staff

~ Free and flexible delivery 7 days a week

~ Your personal account manager

~ Staff training with food and wine advice

and much much more...

Call us on 01246 556227 or e-mail us on chf@majestic.co.uk if you would like any more information. 

Spanish tasting weekDate published: 04/04/14

Today see's the start of our Spanish tastimng week so we will have some cracking wines open on the tasting counter throughout the week. When people think of Spanish wines, they think of Rioja. It is the the best known region and produces some of the countries top wines. However some of the other regions can not be ignored such as reds from Ribera del Deuro, Albarinos from Rias Baixas and red varietal blends from the up and coming Navarra region.

Here are a few of the wines we will have open this week:

Video Caixas Albariño 2012 Martín Códax, Rías Baixas- £9.99... Buy 2 save 25% £7.49  From the regions most famous producer, zesty and well defined citrus backbone, overlayed with subtle hints of stone fruits and nectar.

El Rescatado Albarin 2013 Tierra de Leon- £12.99.... Buy 2 save £6 £9.99  An extremely rare grape variety found in Picos de Europe in northern Spain. Fresh and aromatic with a tropical edge

Rioja Imperial Reserva 2008, CVNE- £22.... Buy 2 selected fine wines save £10, £17  One of the best Rioja reservas around, vanilla hints on the nose and rich mullberry fruit on the palate with a great finish 


Join us in store and we can talk you through these and many more from the wines of Spain!


Wine of the Week: Argento, Malbec, 2013Date published: 01/04/14

Argento, Malbec, 2013

£6.66

When you Pick 'n' Mix

Being a fan of Argentine Malbec's in general, the Argento is right up my street. With it's complex character, tannins and acidity you can also leave this wine for up to 5 years if you so wish..

Whilst the Argento Malbec is quite a powerful red it is also elegantly structured. On the nose you will experience intense aromas of black fruits. This experience will then continue onto the palate with ripe bramble, spicy blackberry and hints of vanilla oak finished off by a balanced acidity.

This wine can also be enjoyed with grilled red meats or a spicy pasta dish.

Delicious.


Wine of the Week: Ravenswood, Lodi, Zinfandel, 2011Date published: 26/03/14

Ravenswood, Lodi, Zinfandel, 2011


Pick 'n' Mix to save a massive 33%

£6.66

(£9.99 single bottle price)


Our latest wine of the week is somewhat different to what you may be used to. A Californian Zinfandel with a warm, complex elegant character.

Produced in Lodi, the northern part of California's central valley, this smooth red inspires many a fruit flavour. From the nose to the palate, you will experience a wine which is bursting with blackberry, plum and black cherry.

Aromas of spice and chocolate will also be paramount with a well balanced acidity. You will also notice the stunning finish.

This wine can also be enjoyed with lamb or a nice mature steak. An absolute beauty.


Top 5 Champagne PicksDate published: 25/03/14

As promised, here are my personal favourite champagne deals at the moment, in no particular order:

Vueuve Clicquot 2004 vintage - Down from £50 per bottle to an incredible £33.31 when you buy within our pick 'n' mix promotion

Nicolas Feuillatte 2006 vintage - Down from £30 per bottle to £19.99 when you buy within our pick 'n' mix promotion

Heidsieck Monopole NV - Down from £25 per bottle to £16.66 when you buy within our pick 'n' mix promotion

Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut - Down from £37.50 per bottle to £24.99 when you buy within our pick 'n' mix promotion

Moet & Chandon NV - Down from £43.50 per bottle to an amazing £28.98 when you buy within our pick 'n' mix promotion

To take advantage of these superb offers, be sure to get these champagnes before the end of March 31st


An introductory to Champagne.. [Part 3 of 3]Date published: 24/03/14

Hi there folks

As promised, following on from yesterdays first 3 stages of making champagne, I will now take you through the remaining 4.

Secondary Fermentation

Once the blend is made up, a small proportion of liqueur de tirage is added before it is bottled. This is made up of wine, sugar, yeast, yeast nutrients and a clarifying agent. The bottle is then closed and stacked horizontally at temperature between 10 - 12 degrees Celsius. This secondary fermentation takes between 6 and 8 weeks to complete - creating that familiar sparkle in the process - magic.

Yeast Autolysis

Once the secondary fermentation is has completed, the yeast and die form a sediment of lees in the bottle. Over a period of months and years, these dead cells break down releasing protein and other chemical compounds into the wine, known as yeast autolysis. This process typically lasts between 4 and 5 years. 

Riddling

After the period of autolysis, the lees sediment is then used using the two processes of riddling and disgorgement. In a nutshell, Riddling involves moving the bottle very slowly from a horizontal to an inverted vertical position. This ensures the lees sediment slides down the bottle into the plastic insert in the crown cap. 

Disgorgement and Corking

When riddling has taken place, the neck of the bottle is submerged in a very cold brine solution which freezes the wine in the neck. The bottle is then rotated to your standard wine bottle position, with the lees frozen at the top of the bottle. This is then carefully removed. The wine is then topped up with liqueur d'expedition and sealed with a cork.


And there you have it folks, the 7 methods used to produce champagne. Now, all that is left to do is to get your hands on some champagne.. But there are so many choices I hear you say? Never fear, in the next article I will my personal favourites and best deals.


An introductory to Champagne.. [Part 2 of 3]Date published: 23/03/14

Hi there folks

As promised, following on from yesterday, I will now briefly explain the process of making champagne.

The traditional method of creating such unique wine has 7 distinct stages: Harvest and Pressing; Primary Fermentation; Blending; Secondary; Yeast Autolysis; Riddling; Disgorgement and Corking.

Harvest and Pressing

With 66% of a champagne blend black grapes, it is important that a specific harvest and pressing method is adhered to. Mechanical pressing is strictly out of the question as the risk of damaging the grapes and/or colouring the grapes is too high. Therefore, press houses are used throughout the region where the grapes are pressed as gently as possible using a shallow vertical press.

In order to maintain quality, only 102 litres can be extracted from 160kg's of grapes. The first 82 litres is called the cuvee whilst the remaining 20 litres is the taille. Did you know.. the best champagne is created solely using the cuvee.

Primary Fermentation

The best producers will store and ferment the cuvee and the taille from each grape variety and from each village separately. Usually, the fermentation takes place in temperature controlled steel vats. Prior to this, sedimentation occurs to minimise unsavoury non-fruit flavours. 

Blending

Champagne is a region that is dependant on blending. In general, blenders aim to produce wine which conforms to a certain house style. The more wine a blender has at their disposal, the easier it is to conform to the house style. Did you know.. the largest producers can use as many as 70 wines in their blends. 


There you have the first 3 stages of making champagne. Tomorrow I will explain the 4 remaining stages.. I bet you can hardly wait, I can't!



An introductory to Champagne.. [Part 1 of 3]Date published: 22/03/14

Hi there folks

As some of you regular readers may be aware of, I am due to take my WSET Level 3 in a couple of months. As part of this examination, I have been learning all about the wonderful world of wine and more recently, Champagne.

Champagne is such a unique wine in so many ways. As we all know, it is intrinsically linked with the spirit of celebration. Champagne is also the only win region in the world that focuses exclusively on sparkling wine. The region is also dominated by big brands - Moet, Laurent-Perrier and Veuve (I am sure you have all heard of them all).

The climate within the region can be quite challenging. Winter freeze, spring frosts and inclement weather can disrupt the vine throughout the growing season. As far as rainfall goes, the region experiences little (in comparison to Bordeaux) but the chalky soils ensure water is always available.

Champagne uses three different grape varieties: 

Chardonnay - Giving high acidity with floral and citrus characteristics

Pinor Noir - Provides a structural backbone whilst it can also give blends a red fruit character

Meunier - Giving an easy-to-drink fruity characteristic


And there you have it, a very brief introduction to Champagne. Tomorrow I will divuldge the typical method of producing these fantastic wines.



Wine of the Week: Callia Bella, MalbecDate published: 19/03/14

Callia Bella, Malbec, 2013

Pick 'n' Mix to save a massive 33%

£5.99


Being a fan of Argentine Malbec's in general, the Callia Bella is right up my street.

This attractively deep purple wine will give you fantastic aromas of wild berries with a hint of baking spices. This experience will then continue onto the palate with plush tannins and good ripeness as expected.

This wine can also be enjoyed with pasta and meatballs coupled with your favourite tomato and herb sauce. My perfect night in..


£8.99 single bottle price


Offers ending today!Date published: 17/03/14

Today Monday 17th March is your last chance to take advantage of our one week exclusive pick 'n' mix deals. Selected wines that will go up in price are:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc £6.99

Gavi Montiero £5.99

Vina Eguia Reserva £6.66

Chateau Meaume £6.66

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut £16.99

All of these are reduced by 33% and go down to the above price when bought with any other product on the pick 'n' mix offer. Pop into store, call us on 01246 556227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk to take advantage.

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc- Offer ends mondayDate published: 15/03/14

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc is currently on offer at £6.99, down from £10.99

This is our best selling wine, and for good reason. It is very intense fruit driven sauvignon, packed full off gooseberry, citrus and green apple. It is amazingly well balanced with good complexity.

This is on our current 33% off pick 'n' mix deal so you can mix and match with a great range of other reds and whites.


The Ned offer ends Monday 17th March! Come into store or call us on 01246 556227 to arrange free delivery

Wine of the Week: Vina Eguia, Rioja ReservaDate published: 14/03/14

Vina Eguia, Rioja Reserva, 2008

Pick 'n' Mix to save a massive 33%

£6.66

Being a fan of Spanish Rioja's in general, the Vina Eguia Reserva is right up my street. Warm, complex, powerful and elegant on the palate with a long and velvety aftertaste.

On the nose you will experience intense aromas of ripe red fruits. This experience will then continue onto the palate with liquorice, tobacco and hints of peppered spice contributing to a smooth finish.

This wine can also be enjoyed with lamb or a nice mature steak. An absolute beauty.


Managers Top Picks for the March Pick n Mix dealsDate published: 05/03/14

Please find below a small list of what I think represents the best value for money in Majestic's pick n Mix flyer.

1 - Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) - £7.99 down from £10.65

2 - Callia Malbec (Argentina) - £5.99 down from £8.99

3 - Macon Blanc Roches Blanch, Louis Jadot (Burgundy) - £7.99 down from £11.99

4 - Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Grifone (Italy) - £4.99 down from £7.49

5 - Veuve Clicquot (Champagne) - £33.31 down from £50

6 - Heidsick Monopole Brut (Champagne) - £16.66 down from £25


There you have it, the managers bargains of the month. Don't miss out.

Vergelegen Cab Sauv Merlot- Wine of the weekDate published: 04/03/14

Vergelegen Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot 2009, Stellenbosch


£10.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

As part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer

£7.33

Vergelegen are widely recognised for producing some of South Africa’s finest wines. The Stellenbosch region produces excellent wines due to the Mediterranean climate and soils from at the foothills of the Cape Fold mountains

This Bordeaux style blend has been matured in French oak barrels for 14 months. Aromas of ripe berries and plums beautifully enhanced by silky chocolate and coffee, with finely grained tannins, berry flavours and a complex spicy finish.


February Pick 'n' Mix offer ending this MONDAYDate published: 28/02/14

Just a gentle reminder that our amazing February Pick 'n' Mix offer ends this Monday (3rd March)

Naturally, we have sold plenty of the wines on offer but don't worry, we have an abundance of bargain wines left. Here are some of my personal picks, which saves you a massive 33% on the normal bottle price:


Alamos Malbec - £6.66 (from £9.99)

Santa Ana Malbec - £5.99 (from £8.99)

Salice Salentino - £5.99 (from £8.99)

Prosseco Zonin - £7.99 (£11.99)

Heidsieck Gold Top - £19.99 (from £30)


Remember, you can mix and match with this promotion. So, as long as you buy at least 2 of the fantastic wines on offer within the Pick 'n' Mix, you WILL get the discounted price. Don't let these bargains get away..


Oh... and the Brancott Estate is currently £6.66 when you Pick 'n' Mix and/or buy 2 or more bottles! Currently £9.99 in most leading supermarkets. Fantastic value!


33% off Malbec: 6 day PromotionDate published: 26/02/14

A great 6 day promotion has started on our Argentinian Malbecs! Malbes are one of our best seling products so we have put this offer on to showcase our excellent range! This is a great oppertunity to pick up some of your favourites at a bargain price. If you are yet to try any wines made from this grape then call in and see us to see what all the fuss is about!

They have joined our pick 'n' mix promotion so you can pick and choose as you like to create your mixed case.

Here are my top 3 picks!


1. Joffre Malbec: usually £10.99... now £7.33 when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range

2. Portillo Mlbec: usually £9.99... now £6.66 when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range

3. Callia Bella Malbec: usually £8.99... now £5.99 when you buy any 2 from our pick 'n' mix range


All 3 are from the famous Mendoza valley, and all have great depth, full bodied and packed full of dark fruit flavours. The Joffre has softer tannins and added complexity which sets in appart from some cheaper alternatives. The Callia Bella on the other hand is not a £5.99 wine, and represents excellent value for money!

Offers ends Monday 3rd March 


Bargain Wine of the Week: Brancott Estate, Sauvignon BlancDate published: 26/02/14

Following from last weeks bargain of the week, here is another from our February Pick 'n' Mix offers.

Now, there are plenty of excellent bargains to be had but, being a sucker for my tropical whites the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc is right up my street.

Produced in New Zealand, this pleasurable wine has plenty of vibrant and lifted aromas of ripe tropical fruits and gooseberry. The Brancott Sauvignon Blanc is the very essence of New Zealand; bracing acidity is tempered by concentrated green fruits, citrus and hints of grass.

With certain leading supermarkets selling this wine at £9.99, our price of £6.66 seems ludicrous - so be sure to get yours whilst the offer is still available!

Brancott Estate, Sauvignon Blanc - £6.66 when you buy with any Pick 'n' Mix wines

£9.99 single bottle price


Remember, the February Pick 'n' Mix ends on the 3rd, March.

Bargain Wine of the Week: Ondine Sauvignon BlancDate published: 21/02/14

Hi there folks,

Just a little write up on what I believe to be one of the best bargains we currently have on our February Pick 'n' Mix offers.

Now, there are plenty of excellent bargains to be had but, being a sucker for my zingy whites the Ondine Sauvignon Blanc is right up my street.

Produced in South Africa, this highly aromatic wine has plenty of citrus fruit and mineral texture on the palate. The Ondine Sauvignon Blanc is the very essence of cool climate conditions; displaying aromas of asparagus, cut grass and a combination of elderflower and gooseberry - delicious!

The long, complex and refreshing finish is all the more reason to purchase this wine at only £5.99!

Remember, the February Pick 'n' Mix ends on the 3rd, March. So be sure to get this wine at the current bargain price.


Ondine Sauvignon Blanc - £5.99 when you buy with any Pick 'n' Mix wines

£8.99 single bottle price

Pick 'n' MixDate published: 17/02/14

Don't miss out on our great deals for February's Pick 'n' Mix promotion! We have a great selection of wines, all with 33% off. the offer runs until 3rd March so you still have time call into store, order online or phone us on 01246 556227 to place your order. Its free delivery don't forget!

Here are a few of my favourites from the Pick 'n' Mix:

Lindaur Brut Cuvee, £13.49... £8.99 when you buy with any other pick 'n' mix wine

If you are after some fizz then look no further. This NZ sparkling wine is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the traditional Champagne method. Toast and black fruit on the nose, crisp citrus fruit on the palate.

Lagunuilla Rioja Reserva 2008, £9.99....£6.66 when you buy with any other pick 'n' mix wine

A firm favourite with majestic for many years, it never disappoints. 24 months in oak casks has endowed it with an enjoyable smoothness and mellow, spicy aromatics. Goes superbly with any lamb dish.

Alamos Malbec, £9.99....£6.66 when you buy with any other pick 'n' mix wine

From the famous Mendoza region in Argentina, the Malbec grape thrives in the foothills of the Andes mountains. Packed full of dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours its subtle tannins ensure a lingering finish. Great partner to roast meat. 

Promotion ends 3rd March!

Wine of the week: Alamos MalbecDate published: 17/02/14

Alamos Malbec, Mendoza 2012

£9.99

Buy 2 bottles save 33%

As part of our Pick 'n' Mix offer

£6.66

This Malbec comes from the world renown Mendoza valleyin the foothils of the Andes Mountains, Argentina. The mountainous region has some of the highest vineyards in the world. The Andes offers protection whilst benefiting from plenty of sunlight and snow melt, allowing this grape to thrive.

Alamos have produced a wine that is packed full of dark cherry and blackberry flavours. It is balanced, full bodied and has a lingering finish. It would be a great partner to roasted or grilled meats. All in all, a top quality wine at a bargain price.


Wine of the Week: Château de Pennautier, 'Terroirs d'Altitude', 2010, CabardèsDate published: 12/02/14

Château de Pennautier, 'Terroirs d'Altitude', 2010, Cabardès


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Pick 'n' Mix

£7.99


Being a fan of plummy Reds and Southern French wines in general, the Chateau de Pennautier is right up my street. A kind of hybrid of Bordeaux/Languedoc, this wine combines Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah which produces an easy drinking yet forever memorable experience.

On the nose you will experience powerful aromas of blackcurrant. This experience will then continue onto the palate with the spice-tinged fruits and chocolate notes contributing to a medium-bodied wine with a pleasant length.

Whilst this wine is ready to drink now, you could potentially age it for up to 5 years if you so wished. This wine can also be enjoyed with a hearty stew or grilled and roasted meats.


A taste of Bordeaux: Part 2Date published: 10/02/14

A taste of Bordeaux: Part 2

Following on from yesterday’s article introducing the exquisite wine producing region of Bordeaux, I will now explain each of the areas.In Bordeaux, the Dordogne and Garonne rivers combine to form the Gironde Estuary which divides the Bordeaux vineyards into three broad areas. 

West and south of the Gironde/Garonne lies the discricts of Medoc, Graves and the famous desert wine region of Sauternes.  This area is commonly referred to as ‘left bank’. Medoc is to the north of left bank and Graves is to the south.  Within these sub-regions, the best quality red wines are made in Haut-Medoc and Pessac-Leognan, where vineyards are often dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon.

The vast majority of area between the Dordogne and Caronne rivers is covered by the Entre-Deux-Mers (‘between two seas’).  Premium dry white wine is produced within this region which tends to include unoaked Sauvignon Blanc.

Finally, the primary districts to the north and east are Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, commonly referred to as ‘right bank’. This side of the water is dominated by Merlot and to a lesser extent, Cabernet Franc.  The wines produced within Saint-Emilion tend to have a soft and rich mouth feel with complex red berry fruit and plum aromas. In contrast, the wines produced in Pomerol tend to be richer, with a spicier, blackberry fruit character.

Of course, Bordeaux is quite a complicated region to study, which is why I have tried to be as brief as possible. However, I would love nothing more than to chat more Bordeaux in store… You know where to find me!

A taste of Bordeaux: Part 1 Date published: 09/02/14

A taste of Bordeaux: Part 1 

Hello folks, Following on from previous articles I have written in preparation for my WSET level 3 exam, here is a little taster of what Bordeaux has to offer. 

With a total vineyard area of well over 120,000 hectares, Bordeaux is comfortably France’s largest wine growing region.  The wine region itself is split into three main areas, commonly referred to as ‘left bank’, ‘right bank’ and Entre-Deaux-Mers AC (literally ‘between two seas’).

The area has quite a reputation for producing some of the worlds most premium dry white wines whilst also offering some of the greatest and expensive reds available. It should be noted though, that these wines only represent a small percentage of the regions production.

The vast majority of Bordeaux red and white wines are produced using a blend of grape varieties, making the taste absolutely unique. The use of blends minimises the reliance on one grape, which can be destroyed due to bad climate conditions.

The main grape varieties used are; Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet Franc; Merlot; Petit Verdot; Semillon; Sauvignon Blanc; and Muscadelle.As previously mentioned, the wines of Bordeaux are often referred to as ‘left bank’, ‘right bank’ or ‘between two seas’. 

I will cover these areas in more detail with an article due tomorrow.

Wine of the Week: Catena, Malbec, 2012Date published: 07/02/14

Catena, Malbec, 2012, Medoza

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£9.99


Being a fan of Argentine Malbec's in general, the Catena is right up my street. With it's complex character, tannins and acidity you can even leave this wine for up to 5 years if you so wish..

Whilst the Catena Malbec is quite a powerful red it is also elegantly structured. On the nose you will experience intense aromas of black fruits. This experience will then continue onto the palate with blackberry, blackcurrant and hints of peppered spice contributing to a smooth mellow finish.

This wine can also be enjoyed with grilled red meats or even some lovely, mature cheddar. Delicious.


Wine of the Week: Domaine Haut-Lirou, 2010Date published: 31/01/14

Domaine Haut-Lirou, Pic Saint-Loup, 2010

£7.99

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Being a fan of Spicy Reds and Southern French wines in general, the Domaine Haut-Lirou is right up my street. With classic blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah, this wine delivers an easy drinking yet forever memorable experience.

On the nose you will experience intense aromas of baked red fruits and spice. This experience will then continue onto the palate with the spice-tinged damson fruits contributing to a medium-bodied wine with a pleasantly surprising (for the bargain price) length.

This wine can also be enjoyed with mature cheeses and a nice rich stew.


FANTASTIC OFFERS ENDING MONDAYDate published: 31/01/14

Hi there folks,

Just a quick write up wines which I personally feel offer the most value for you, our customers. 


The Ned - Sauvignon Blanc - £7.99 (20% off New Zealand wine when you buy 2 or more) £9.99 single bottle price

£10.99 FROM TUESDAY

Our biggest seller throughout the whole of Majestic, The Ned offers typical characteristics found in many New Zealand Sauvignon's. This zingy white is full of fruity goodness with a gooseberry flavour and a smoky herbal twist.

£10.99


Marques de Riscal - Rioja Reserva 2008 - £9.99 (when you buy 2 or more) £14.99 single bottle price

£14.99 FROM TUESDAY

One of my absolute favourite Rioja's. A classic Rioja Reserva, the Riscal is incrediblbly smooth whilst still displaying full bodied and muscular characteristics. On the palate you will experience delightfully subtle summer fruits. When you buy two, you will save a massive £10. Incredible value.


Vinalba - Malbec Reservado 2012 - £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more) £11.99 single bottle price

£11.99 FROM TUESDAY

The Decanter award winning Malbec Reserva is one of my favourite Malbec's. Sourced in Argentina, this wine offers ripe dark plum fruits with sweet tanning and dark chocolate. You will also experience a pleasant long finish which goes on, and on, and on...



Remember, after Monday, these selected wines will be going up in price - so get yours now!

Last few bargain hunt wines left!Date published: 26/01/14

We only have a small number of our baragin hunt wines remaining. Pop into store tomorrow to ensure you dont miss out:


Portuguese: Casabel Vinho Tinto- Usually £7.99 now £5.32 when you buy any 2 bargain hunt wines!

Agrentinian: La plata Sauvignon Blanc- Usually £6.99 now £4.66 when you buy any 2 bargain hunt wines!

Agentinian: Catalpa Pinot Noir- Usually £12.99 now £8.66 when you buy any 2 bargain hunt wines!

Food and wine matching: part 4Date published: 22/01/14

Sweetness and Spice

Enjoy with: Spiced food

The Gewurztraminer grape commonly has ripe fruit flavours and is off dry. Spice can increase perceptions of bitterness and decrease perceptions of fruitiness and sweetness. That is why this extremely fruity wine and sweetness helps to counteract and balance out these flavours.

Suggestion: Curry and other Asian cuisine

Villa Maria Gewurztraminer £8.79 when you buy 2 or more NZ wines


Enjoy with: Rich fresh dessert

This uses late harvest grapes which have increased levels of sugar to balance the wines acidity. It is important to pair it with a dessert for which the wine is sweeter, otherwise it will create a perception of bitterness.

Suggestion: Lemon Cheese Cake

Brown Brothers Orange Muscat £6.79 when you buy 2 or more Australian wines

Food and wine matching: part 3Date published: 21/01/14

The New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are some of majestics best sellers so here is a bit of information on what type of food will go well with your trusty SB.

Enjoy with: Seafood

The Sauvignon Blanc grape is well known suitor to seafood. The reason the two go so well is because the grapes high acidity compliments that of the fish. The crisp young fruit flavours also balance out salty dishes, common of most seafood. This is a fine example from New Zealand, but don't forget the SB's from the Loire valley such as Sancerres and Pouilly-Fume.

Suggestion: Seabass

The wine I have reccomended for this is one of my favourites from NZ, the Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough £9.59 when you buy 2 or more New Zealnd wines

Food and wine matching part 2Date published: 20/01/14

Enjoy with: Steak

You need a big hitting full bodied red that can hold its own against a nice steak and the Malbec certainly fits the bill. The firm tannins and dark fruit make it the perfect partner.

Suggestion: Fillet, Sirloin, Ribeye.... take your pick!

Alamos Malbec, Mendoza £9.99


Enjoy with: Lamb

Rioja is the perfect match for any lamb dishes, these barrel aged wines suit the richness of the meat. This Rioja's wood-spice tannins and complex vanilla character makes it the perfect partner.

Suggestion: Lamb Tagine

Rioja Gran Reserva, 2006 Berberana £8.99


Enjoy with: Italian dishes

A rule that seems to work well is matching wines to local foods. This Sangiovese is fruity, light in tannin and will match any pizza or tomato based pasta dish really well.

Suggestion: Pizza or Tomato & Chorizo Pasta

Bacaro Sangiovese £5.99 when you buy 2 or more

Food and wine matchingDate published: 19/01/14

I have created a food and wine matching display is store. Over the next few days I will share these with you and talk about the reason behind the choices, and why certain foods favour particular wines.

Part One: White meats

Enjoy with: Chicken or Pork

This Pinot Noir is the ideal partner to white meats. Its low tannin content and body will not over power the dish. Its bright acidity and red fruit flavours make this a very approachable wine.

This oaked new world Chardonnay is again a great match with white meats. If you are having a white wine with pork or chicken then you need to choose a wine with body that will stand up to the dish. With hints of tropical fruit and creamy elegant finish, there are many sauces you could use to give your dish that extra edge.

Suggestion: Roast Chicken or Pork Belly

Red: Macon Roches Rouge, Louis Jadot  £8.99 when you buy 2 or more

White: Medalla Real Chardonnay  £8.99 when you buy 2 or more Chileans

A date for the diary? Wine Course In MarchDate published: 18/01/14

We currently have the last couple of spaces for our wine course on Tuesday 18th Feb but we now have another couse arranged for Tuesday 11th March. 

The aim of a majestic wince course is to try and help develop our customers knowledge of the wines and explain the process from grape to glass. You will be able to try a Champagne, three whites, three reds and a desert wine during the evening. We will showcase wines that differ in style due to choices made by the winemaker and compare old world and new world alternatives.

We finish off the evening by doing some food and wine matching. This is always an interesting part of the night given that the wine can take on a whole new character when paired with the right or wrong food type.

The best part is.... is completely free! We have limited spaces so if you would like to book your place please call us on 01246 556227 or email us at chf@majestic.co.uk

Chesterfields Wine of the WeekDate published: 18/01/14

La Vieille Capitelle 2011, Langudoc

£8.99

buy 2 save £4

£6.99

From the Langudoc region in the south of France. Being just south of the Rhone valley, it is made from a similar type of blend of syrah, grenache, mouvedre and carignan. These grapes are hand-picked, destemmed and fermented at controlled temperatures for great fruit purity.

This is a well structured red with a decent body that offers flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry fruit. You may also get hints of thyme and leathery spice due to its short but beneficial contact with French oak.

Great with lamb of beef stews!

OFFER: Brancott Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, £6.99Date published: 16/01/14

Evening Folks,

As usual, we have plenty of great bargains in store; none more so than the Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Being the New Zealand fanatic that I am, it comes as no surprise that I absolutely adore this wine. 


Typical to the region, this wine is packed full of fruity flavour. Vibrant and refreshing, you will experience aromas of gooseberry and ripe tropical fruits on the nose. Whilst on the palate, you will experience the typical acidity of a New Zealand wine tempered by concentrated green fruits and hints of grass. 


At this bargain price the Brancott represents incredible value for money. We have stocked ourselves to the brim with this wine BUT, it will go fast. 


Get yours now..... before I take the lot!


Brancott Estate, Sauvignon Blanc - £8.74 or £6.99 when you buy 2 or more New Zealand

NEW: Burrow Hill CiderDate published: 15/01/14

We have some exciting news! Burrow Hill Cider is now available at our Chesterfield store.


Originating from Somerset, Burrow Hill Cider consistently rates as one of the best (and often the very best) cider in the UK. It features on the lists of many Michelin starred restaurants, and on the shelves of Harvey Nichols and Harrods.

All the apples are home grown on 160 acres of orchards, and are then pressed and blended in a very traditional, medium/dry style.

In the world of increasingly commercial and flavoured ciders of varying quality and heritage – Burrow Hill Farm stands out for flying the flag of quality led, artisan cider and we are very pleased to offer them to our customers.

Having tasted the cider myself, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Get yours NOW!


£18 per case of 8 (£2.25 per bottle)

Ever tried a Portuguese wine? Date published: 13/01/14

There is a great chance to try a very good quality, excellent value one as part of our current bargain hunt collection. They are often a trip into the unknown, the native grapes can sometimes put people off. However most people who try them become a convert.


Casabel Vinho Tinto 2011 Lisboa

Made from the grapes Aragones, Castelão, Tinta Miuda. This is a  blend of traditional local grape varieties, hand-picked from three estates in the region of Obidos, to the north of Lisbon. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, lightly crushed and following fermentation, the wine is matured for 6-8 months without oak.

Taste:

A fragrant and uplifting nose of cherry and raspberry, with touches of violet and pudding spice. The palate is a cascade of forest fruits framed by robust and persistent tannins. A real hit with herbaceous and well-seasoned and roasted red meats.

Usually £7.99, this drops down to £5.32 when you buy any 2 bargain hunt wines. See Sams article 'top 5 bargain hunt wines' to see some more great offers from the collection.


An Introductory to Rioja.. [Part 3] Date published: 12/01/14

Crianza, Reserves and Gran Reserva – What's the big difference?!

Some wines are born to age and some are born to remain youthful. Aging a wine in oak can give different characteristics across the board. From one end of the scale to the other, the less oak aging a Rioja wine has been subject to, the more fruit driven the wine will be. Whereas wines that have been thoroughly oaked will typically display more complexity and less youthfully fruit driven tipples.

Here's a brief explanation of the three main main Rioja's along with my own personal favourites of each;


Crianza – Required to age for a minimum of 24 months for reds and 18 months for white/rose. In areas outside Rioja, Crianza wines must remain in oak for 6 months. Whereas in Rioja, the wine must remain in oak for a minimum of 12 months.

Cune, Crianza, 2010 – A lively cherry-red appearance followed by scents summer fruits. If you enjoy your fruity Rioja's with a slight hint of vanilla, the Cune is your best bet - £6.99 when you buy 2


Reserva – Required to age for a minimum of 36 months for reds and 18 months for white/rose. 12 months minimum aging in oak for reds and 6 months for white/rose.

Marques de Riscal, Reserva, 2008 – The Riscal is one of my favourite wines in the whole store – never mind just in Spain. Incredibly smooth, this full bodied wine provides enough fruit on the palate whilst providing the toasted oak players associated with a truly exceptional Rioja - £9.99 when you buy 2


Gran Reserva – Required to age for a total of 60 months for reds and 48 months for white/rose. In Rioja, Gran Reserve must age in oak for a minimum of 24 months for reds and 12 months for white/rose.

Vina Eguia, Gran Reserva, 2004 – Being a big fan of my Rioja's, I simply love the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva. I tipped a good few bottles over the Christmas period with my family! With mature fruits such as raisin, prune and caramel notes, the Gran Reserva is a fixture at home. One of the most enjoyable parts to this wine in particular is the smoothness and long finish (delicious) - £8.99 when you buy 2


And there you have it, Rioja in a nutshell. I'd strongly, strongly recommend the wines above and I'd love to discuss Rioja in more depth in store.

You know where the Rioja's are, you know where I am – see you soon folks!


Rioja 2012 Marqués de GriñonDate published: 12/01/14

Rioja 2012 Marqués de Griñon

£7.99

buy 2 save £3

£6.49

This wine is made 100% from the tempranillo grape and comes from the Rioja Alta sub region. Maximum colour and flavour is extracted from the grapes before it sees 6 months in new American oak barrels.

A deep ruby red colour with delicious overtones of vanilla accompanying the fruit flavours of strawberry and cherry. This young fruit driven wine is a great easy drinking style but would equally partner a nice lamb dish.


An Introductory to Rioja.. [Part 2] Date published: 11/01/14

Grapes, Grapes, Grapes …

Following yesterdays brief introduction into the fascinating region of Rioja, today I will explain the differing main grape varieties. Typically, Tempranillo is used to form the majority of Rioja wines. However, grapes such as Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo can also be found within the region.

Tempranillo – This grape is grown throughout Spain (Northern Spain in particular) making it the countries leading quality black grape. Generally, at its best, the grape is grown in area where summer temperatures are moderated by the sea or high altitude. The grape has a thick skin and is relatively low in acidity. It ripens and grows quite early, with fruit flavours such as strawberries and plums commonly experienced.

Garnacha – More prominent in the region of Navarra, Garnacha maintains a prominent role in Rioja, particularly in Rioja Baja. This sweet, thick skinned grape offers wines that are high in alcohol and full-bodied with soft tannins. Flavours can range from strawberries and raspberries to hints of white pepper.

Graciano – Grown mainly in Rioja, this grape is used in the finest of wines. With small quanities of Graciano used to add powerful black fruit aromas.

Mazuelo – Known as Carinena throughout the rest of Spain, this black grape gives wines that are high in acidity, tannins and colour. Mazuelo is considered as an ideal blend to Tempranillo.

With a brief description of Rioja's geography and grapes grown covered, tomorrow I'll move onto the differences between Crianza, Reserve and Gran Reserva!

Exciting times await... !


An Introductory to Rioja.. [Part 1] Date published: 10/01/14

Good Afternoon Folks,

As I am currently in the process of studying for my Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 3 award, I thought I'd write a few brief articles focusing on the fascinating world of wine.

Over the next few days I will focus on the Spanish wine region, Rioja.

Where exactly is Rioja, I hear you ask? It is located in Northern Spain, south of Navarra, with the River Ebro running through the region. Rioja's principal city is Logrono, with three distinct sub-regions (Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta & Rioja Baja) contributing to what is Spain's most famous wine region.

Rioja is a region of small growers with the majority of vineyards generally plated with bush vines. Plantings throughout the region are heavily dominated by black grapes (75%), with rose varieties accounting for the next largest portion.

In tomorrow's brief article, I will explain the differing grape varieties focusing on specific aromas and flavours you would typically experience from each... But until then...

Take care

Sam's Top 5 Bargain Hunt Wine'sDate published: 07/01/14

It's OFFICIAL, our Bargain Hunt offers have BEGUN! With savings of 33.3%, be sure to take advantage of our wonderfully diverse selection of price cut wines.

Here is my personal Top 5 Bargain Hunt wines;

1 - KC Cabernet Merlot, 2010, Klein Constantia, Coastal Region - £7.32

This wine is typically South African in style. Spicy aromas and ripe fruit are complemented by 20 months' barrel ageing. If you are a fan of your blackcurrant reds, this IS the wine for YOU.

2 - Santa Carolina Reserva, Sauvignon, 2011 Leyda Valley - £5.99

In at number 2 is a beautiful Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. With a focus on citrus flavours and tropical fruits, this zingy white is sure to provide a crisp and refreshing experience. Perfectly acceptable to drink on its own or with a nice salad and fish dish.

3 – Composite, Sauvignon Blanc, 2010, Winegrowers of Ara, Marlborough - £6.99

A close 2nd place, this traditionally fruity and tropical New Zealand white also provides a long clean finish. Vibrant and intense, you will realize all your ripe grapefruit desires... This wine will taste even sweeter knowing that you've practically stolen it at a price of £6.99.

4 – Catalpa, Pinot Noir, 2011, Atamisque, Mendoza - £8.66

Elegant on the palate, this Argentine Pinot Noir is incredibly easy drinking (I finished a bottle without it touching the sides!). Aromas of rasberry and jam, if you are a fan of your medium-bodied savoury reds, I strongly advise that you look no further than the Catalpa Pinot Noir.

5 - Les Hautes, Roches, 2009, Médoc

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, one of my favorite blends from Bordeaux. This plummy red is sraightforward and approachable, with a centre of youthful ripe blackcurrant flavour. If you are looking for a perfect match to slow-cooked red meats – this wine is PERFECTION.


So there you have it folks, my Top 5 Bargain Hunt wines. I hope the hunt for bargains has been narrowed down somewhat. However, there are plenty of other wines with prices slashed that missed the cut by only a whisker!

I look forward to grabbing some of my top 5 wines for you in the near future.


Chesterfields wine of the week: Berberana Rioja ReservaDate published: 05/01/14

Rioja Reserva, 2008 Berberana

£10.99

buy 2 save £8

£6.99

The Berberana wines are one of the the best selling Riojas and its quality is undeniable. This reserva has seen at least 2 years ageing in American oak cask with further time in bottle before it is ready to drink.

A deep ruby red colour with delicious overtones of vanilla accompanying the fruit flavours of strawberry and cherry. A full bodied and well rounded wine with noticeable complexity

Excellent Value!


WINE OF THE WEEK: Léon Perdigal, Côtes-du-Rhône, 2012Date published: 29/12/13

Léon Perdigal, Côtes-du-Rhône, 2012

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£6.99

Being a fan of Spicy Reds and Rhone wines in general, the Leon Perdigal is right up my street. With classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, this wine delivers an easy drinking yet forever memorable experience.

On the nose you will experience intense aromas of red fruits and spice. This experience will then continue onto the palate with the spice-tinged red fruits and spice contributing to a medium-bodied wine with a pleasantly surprising (for the bargain price) length.

This wine can also be enjoyed with spicy Mediterranean dishes or barbecued meats.


Wine Events!!Date published: 28/12/13

We will be hosting three wine courses over the next two months.

Free Wine Course - 9th of January

Free Wine Course - 29th of January

Free Wine Course - 18th of February

These courses are fantastic for getting a basic understanding on wine styles, grapes and food matching.

We try three whites, three reds, a Champagne and do food matching at the end.

If you want to get involved either call us on 01246 556 227 or email at chf@majestic.co.uk to place a booking.

Come and Explore


Christmas Delivery - Majestic ChesterfieldDate published: 21/12/13

We are delivering to the following areas before Christmas :-

s40, s41, s42, s43, s44, s45

de4, de45, s32

s80, s81

ng17, ng18, ng19, ng20

To find out if we can guarantee delivery,

Christmas Delivery - Majestic ChesterfieldDate published: 21/12/13

We are still delivery to the following post codes before Christmas ;-

s40, s41, s42, s43, s44, s45

de4, de45, s32

ng17, ng18, ng19, ng20

s18

To find out if we can guarantee delivery before Christmas, please don't hesitate to call on 01246 556 227 or email at chf@majestic.co.uk.

 

Wine of the Week: Vinalba Malbec ReservadoDate published: 17/12/13

Vinalba Malbec Reservado, 2012 Mendoza

£11.99

buy 2 save £8

£7.99

This Decanter award winning wine from the Vinalba estate is sourced from the vineyards at the foot hills of the Andes. The grapes are taken from different altitudes, this affect in temperature variation ensures a good balance of tannin and acidity.

Ripe dark plum fruits, sweet tannins and dark chocolate and mocha. Flavours linger for a long time. A full-bodied wine, yet with juicy tannins, this wine is best enjoyed with food. Peppered steak, venison or lamb are ideal companions.


Christams delivery datesDate published: 16/12/13

We are delivering right up until Christmas Eve! Our delivery schedule fills up very fast but below is the standard Majestic delivery guarantee:

More than 25 miles from the store? Order by Friday 13 December for delivery before Christmas.

5 - 25 miles from the store? Order by Sunday 15 December for delivery before Christmas.

Less than 5 miles from the store? Order by Tuesday 17th December for delivery before Christmas

If you require a delivery before Christmas outside of these dates, then please give us a call as we may still have delivery slots available for you, so it is worth checking with us.  If we can deliver out to you, then we will!  Our number is 01246556227

Heidsick Cuvee Prestige - on the tasting counter - Saturday the 14thDate published: 14/12/13

This Champagne is the perfect Christmas sparkling treat. 

Citrus and apple fruit followed by light toasty notes and an undertone of brioche.

On offer at £16 when you buy two as part of a mixed case!


Our Fine Wine FavouriteDate published: 12/12/13

Meerlust Merlot, 2009 Stellenbosch

This wine is made in the style of a right bank Bordeaux, the 89% Merlot is blended with 11% Cabernet Franc to add structure and aromatic complexity.

It has a deep, youthful puprple colour with a ruby rim,on the nose you get juicy plum and mulberry fruit. On the palate, there is spiciness added to the baked dark fruits, hints of cocolate and a beefy edge. The refreshing acidity and structured silky tannis gives the wine pronounced length and a minerality.

A real gem! open and available to try on our tasting counter so come into store and give it a go.

Single bottle price £22.. Buy any 2 selected fine wines, save £10 = £17


Wine of the week: CNDP Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 12/12/13

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee des Antiques
£14.99

Buy 2 save 20%
£11.99

 
An ever popular wine with our majestic customers, and at this price it is easy to see why. This comes from the centre of the Rhone valley and is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Cinsault.. 4 of the 13 permitted in CNDP.
The blend gives way to dark ruby and complex nose of spiceand hints of pear. On the palate you get plenty of red berry fruits and a tannic finish. Will accompany red meat and cheese dishes very well.

The perfect wine for christmas day under a tenner??Date published: 09/12/13

Everyone has certain wines that they enjoy and it can be hard to break tradition and try something different. Why not make the effort to go with a wine that will be the perfect food match to your roast turkey on Christmas day. Weather you prefer red or white, you will need a wine that will hold up against the food and not overpower it. Here are my two recommendations:

For the white.... Louis Lator Grand Ardeche Chardonnay £10.99 buy 2 save £2= £9.99

It is important with a roast dinner that a white has body, wines like a Chablis or a sauvignon blanc simply would not cut it, they would lose all fruit and the acidity would not be pleasant. This Chardonnay is grown just to the west of Rhone, it matches the quality of a Burgundian Meusault at a fraction of the price. On the palate you get ripe apple and peach fruit with a buttery, creamy texture. If you have been put off my oaked Chardonnay in the past, try this with your Xmas dinner and it won't disappoint!

And for the red... Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir, 2011 Gerard Bertrand £12.99 buy 2 save £6= £9.99

Likewise with the red you don't want something that will overpower the food, so wines like a Malbec or Shiraz would niot be a good match. For a white meat, The Pinot Noir grapes summer fruit and subtle tannins make it an ideal match. The grapes are grown in one of the Langudocs highest vineyards which produces the ideal climate for the Pinot Noir to flourish.  .

So there you have it, two brilliant wines for under £10 from the south of France. Great value new world wines, the proof is in the pudding!

 

Wine of the Week: Chateau MeaumeDate published: 09/12/13

Chateau Meaume 2009, Bordeaux Superior

£9.99

buy 2 save £4

£7.99

This wine comes from a British owned vineyard on the right bank or Bordeaux. The clay soil is ideally suited to the Merlot grape but is also blended with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this gives the wine depth and added complexity.

This has been a majestic favorite for many years, and it is easy to see why. It has an endearing nose of rich plumb fruit and spice. On the palate you get rich blackcurrant, plumb and soft cedarwood.

A great Christmas wine!


MagnumsDate published: 30/11/13

This is a great time of year to bring the magnums out, great for dinner parties and gatherings with friends over the festive period. Here are the ones that we have available in store.....

Champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV Magnum- £40

Laurent Perrier Brut NV Magnum- £60

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV Magnum- £70

Ruinart Brut NV Magnum- £75


Reds

Matsu El Picaro 2012, Toro, Magnum- £16

Matsu El Recio 2010, Toro, MAgnum- £26

Marques de Riscal 2008, Rioja Reserva- £22

Vina Ardanza 2004, Rioja Reserva- £37

Clos De L'oritoire 2011, Chatauneuf-du-Pape- £48

Wine of the Week: Peter Lehmann, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011Date published: 29/11/13

Peter Lehmann, Cabernet Sauvignon

2011, Barossa Valley

£10.99


buy 2 Australian wines save 20%

£8.79


This wine is really is an exceptional wine that is excellent value for money. If you are looking for a soft, easy drinking yet exceptionally tasting Cabernet Sauvignon – look no further.

Harmonised exquisitely by ageing in oak hogsheads for 12 months. With a dense blackcurrant fruit and plum tinged with a leafy spiciness, this Peter Lehmann wine is sure to satisfy your every spicy red desire.

Top quality example of an Aussie Cab.


Christmas WineDate published: 26/11/13

It's that time of the year again, only one month until Christmas! So it is time to get stocked up for all those visits from fanmily abd friends over the festive period.

In the last week or so you may have recieved a couple of things through the post from us, our winter edition grape to glass and our 'Christmas collection' flyer. In our grape to glass you can find a full listing of our products. We also have some cracking deals on until the new year.. including old and new world reds/whites, sparkling and champagne.

Some of this range will be showcased at our Christmas wines tasting on December 3rd (call us in store to book your place)

As well as these, we still have our 1/3 off pick 'n' mix offer running until December 2nd! dont miss out, pop in and see us in store, we will be happy to recommend you some of our favourites.  

Wine of the Week: Borgogne, Chardonnay 2011, Nicolas PotelDate published: 26/11/13

Borgogne, Chardonnay 2011

Nicolas Potel


£12.99


Pick 'n' mix any 2 bottles any 2 bottles

Save 33%

£8.66


For me, this is one of the finest white Burgundy wines available at under £10. This fresh and crisp tipple, which is both easy drinking and full of flavour, is sure to make a lasting impression.


This creamy white is classically citrus citrus-led on the nose whilst also offering notes of marzipan and acacia flowers. On the palate, you'll notice fresh green apples and pears.


With the offer available until the 2nd December, grab yourself an absolute bargain whilst you still can.


Vina Eguia Gran ReservaDate published: 20/11/13

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, Rioja 2004

£12.99

buy 2 save £8

£18.99

This wine is really is an exceptional wine that is excellent value for money. The top wine in the Eguia range, this gran reserva has been aged for 30 months in barrel and a further 3years in the bottle before it was released. The end result, is a complex and well balanced Rioja.

On the nose you get dark plumb and raisin notes, on the palate you get fruit flavours of prune and some vinilla spice from the oak aging. This however is not over powering and has a soft, silky smooth mouth feel with great length.

A cracking example of a Gran Reserva at a bargain price!


New Wine of the Weeek: Guigal Cotes du RhoneDate published: 13/11/13

Cotes du Rhone 2010 Guigal Single bottle price £9.99 but buy 2 save 20% £7.99


This wine is from the Rhone valleys most famous producers, and they were almost single handily resposible for the regions resurgance over the last couple of decades.

A rich nose of dark fruits and vanilla is followed by a robust, mouth filling palate, with subtle tannins and a great length. If you like a soft but full bodied wine, you love this. The Syrah/Grenache blend provides intense fruit with a hint of white pepper, adding to the wines complexity.

Great with steak or a hearty, autumnal game dish.


Wine of the Week: Mâcon-Lugny, Chardonnay, 2011, Louis LatourDate published: 01/11/13

Mâcon-Lugny, Chardonnay 2011, Louis Latour

£8.99

when you buy 2 bottles a part of a mixed case

£11.99 single bottle price


With over 250 years experience producing and selling wine, the family run house of Maison Louis Latour certainly know how to produce memorable wine.

The Mâcon-Lugny, pale gold in colour, has a typically satisfying aroma of fresh apples, toasted citrus fruits and lemon curd. Prepare to experience beautifully buttery, peachy fruit and fresh, crispy green-apple on the palate. With a long, warming finish, this wine is sure to satisfy your every need.

Enjoy this appley white on its own as an afternoon apértif or with poultry, pork and or with fresh seafood.


Seasonal Wine Tasting: 14th NovemberDate published: 24/10/13

We will be running a Seasonal Wine Tasting on November 14th between 6pm and 8pm. 


Come down and enjoy the best wines Majestic have to offer for the Festive Period. Our knowledgeable staff will be on hand to advise you on you Christmas purchases and discuss festive food and wine matching.


Expect reds, whites, dessert wines, fizz, sherry and port, not too mention a great selection of light bites.


RSVP requires. Call 01246 556 227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk to book your place 

Fine Wine Of The Week: Château Senejac, 2010 Cru Bourgeois, Haut-MédocDate published: 19/10/13

Château Senejac, 2010

Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

£18 when 2 bottles are purchased

£23 single bottle

Discovered by: Sam

Having recently joined the Majestic team straight from Sheffield Hallam University, as you can imagine, the idea of buying a fine wine for around £20 was quite a shock to my system. However my eyes, and indeed taste buds, were well and truly opened once I discovered the Château Senejac. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc aged in oak barriques for 18 months provides, quite literally, a sensational taste.

Perfumed black currant, cigar box, blueberry and plum skin aromas are combined with vibrant dark fruit flavours to create this medium bodied and rich textured wine. The long finish ensures the pleasantness lasts, and lasts, and lasts...

This particular wine is perfectly complimented by roast lamb with rosemary and mint sauce. Equally, try this wine with hard continental cheeses.


WINE OF THE WEEK: Cousiño-Macul Antiguas, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Maipo ValleyDate published: 17/10/13

Cousiño-Macul Antiguas, Cabernet Sauvignon

2009, Maipo Valley


£7.99

when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case


£9.99 single bottle price


After their 2-0 win against Poland, next summer, England will be packing their bags for Brazil. To celebrate we have a superb South American Cabernet Sauvignon. With vines descending from some of Chile's earliest plantings of Bordeaux-sourced Cabernet Sauvignon the Cousiño-Macul Antiguas is most certainly a winner in my eyes.

An intense and fruit-focused red, full of black cherry and ripe plum flavours, with ample tannins softened by sweet spice notes developed by maturation in small French oak barrels.

Ready to enjoy now, with red meats.


Wine of the Week: Vinalba Gran Reservado MalbecDate published: 09/10/13

Vinalba Gran Reservado Malbec, 2011, Mendoza

£15.99

buy 2 save £6

£12.99

It's time to finally admit it folks: It's Autumn. The nights are drawing in and the trees are beginning to loose there leaves. Autumn is a great time of year for hearty warming reds, and they don't come much heartier than this!

A rich nose of jammy plum fruits and vanilla is followed by a robust, mouth filling palate, with chewy tannins and a great length. If you like a full wine, you love this.

Great with steak or a hearty, autumnal game dish.


Chatsworth Road Festival - The Majestic Wine WalkDate published: 02/10/13

On Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of October we will be hosting a mini wine walk. Throughout the weekend we will have stations set up around the store containing wines from around the world to taste.


This is a very chilled out, informal affair where the public have a chance to taste some great wines, eat some nibbles and have a chat with our amazing staff.

Wine of the Week - Domaine de Montval SyrahDate published: 26/09/13

From 27th September to 3rd October it's Shiraz/ Syrah tasting week so I've chosen a Southern French Syrah which, although new to me, has already become a firm favourite. Originating in the Pays du Gard, towards the Southern end of the Rhone Valley, this wine offers a Mediterranean twist on the classic Rhone red.

A fruity nose of blackcurrant and cherry combined with hints of cocoa and nutmeg. On the palate a hint of dark red fruits with a slight zing of pepper. On the whole a well balanced wine leaving you with a long, subtly saline finish and begging for another taste.

Perfect with lamb chops or cheese

£9.99 or

Buy 2 save £6

Wine of the Week: Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, NelsonDate published: 20/09/13

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Nelson

£12.99

buy 2 save £6

£9.99

From 20th to 26th of September it's Sauvignon Blanc tasting week, so to celebrate I've chosen one of my favourite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. Unlike the ever popular Marlborough Sauvignons this is grown in Nelson on the South Island's Northern coast.

A nose of gooseberry and apricots gives way to a punchy palate of lime, gooseberry and tropical fruits. With zippy acidity and great length, you can really seen why this wine won a Decanter World Wine Award Gold Medal.

Perfect with simple shellfish dishes, great on its own.

Great New Champagne DealsDate published: 17/09/13

For a limited period we are offering two of Champagne's most famous names at fantastic prices!

Veuve Cliquot 2004: £30 when you buy 2 bottles
This Pinot Noir led Champagne offers structure and elegance from the excellent 2004 Vintage.
Veuve Vintage hasn't been this cheap since I have been legally allowed to buy it! A real bargain.

 Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV: £27.99 when you buy 2 bottles
Crisp and clean, whilst showing hints of biscuit. A great price for this iconic wine.

Offer ends Monday September 30th


Fine Wine Of The WeekDate published: 14/09/13

Jadot Beaune 1er Cru  £25 Buy 2 save £10 = £20 

One of the hardest grape varieties to grow, as anything that can go wrong usually does for Pinot Noir, the rewards of great Pinot are well worth the effort on behalf of the winemaker. The thin skin of Pinot results in lighter wines than most Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, reflecting the terrior of the region it was grown in and the style of the vintner more than any other variety. The spiritual home of Pinot Noir is in Burgundy, where vintners have been producing wines from ever decreasing vineyard holdings for many centuries. The Louis Jadot estate was built up around the ownership of the Clos de Ursules vineyard in Beaune, which has been in the family since 1826. This was before the Domaine was founded and Maison Louis Jadot started acting as a négociant in 1859. Over time Jadot have built substantial holdings in both the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.

There are no Grand Cru sites in the 450ha appellation of Beaune, but 28 Premier Cru which account for 322ha. The wine is a blend of grapes grown across many of the Premier Crus sites, combining the more powerful and darker flavours from the northern part of the appellation and the softer, more silky characters from the southern end. The wine making philosophy endeavours to be as simple and true to the region as possible, so that the wines are able to express the terrior of the vineyards. Very little done in the winery as winemaker Jacques Lardière, who has been making the wines since 1970, believes this removes the vineyard's character and shrouds the purity of the fruit.

Red and black cherries, hints of savoury spices and leather, leads to a warm and vibrant body of sweet fruits, and soft tannins.

Pinot Noir is a great match for many varied foods, but is at its best when matched with either roasted game or duck.

Matt from Stockport and my favorite Autum WinesDate published: 11/09/13

Whilst enjoying my short visit to Chesterfield I thought I would share with you six wines that really stand out for me and will certainly be enjoyed by me in the coming months.

Montes Twins- £8.99 when you buy two or more.

The two stand alone varieties of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon come together in this wine to create a well structured wine with intense bramble fruits.

Ramon Bilbao Single Vineyard- £9.99 20% off Spain.

This excellent Rioja displays plenty of red cherry with soft tannins and lashings of vanilla. One of my favorite reds!

Barrista Pinotage- £7.49 20% off South Africa when you buy two or more.

South Africa's signature grape shines with notes of coffee and good, firm tannins.


Caixas Godello £7.99 20% off Spain when you buy two or more.

A zesty white with notes of lemon and pear creates a great example of a white grape normally used for blends.

Matua Sauvignon Blanc £7.99 Buy two save £4.

A new arrival here at majestic and already a firm favorite for me. Classic notes of gooseberry finish of with refreshing acidity.

Mountain View Chardonnay- £5.99 Buy two save £2

A great example of a fresh easy drinking Chardonnay. Notes of pear and tropical fruit create one of my go to wines for value and quality.


Domaine l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011, Gerard Bertrand, PGI Pays d'OCDate published: 10/09/13

Domaine l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2011, Gerard Bertrand, PGI Pays d'OC

£12.99

buy 2 save £7

£9.49

With Autumn just around the corner, it's time to start trying a few wines which will complement rustic, gamey dishes. This rich, Southern French Pinot Noir is the perfect accompaniment to all that Autumn has to offer. Whether it's pork belly, rabbit, or pheasant.

Aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry fruit alongside a smokey sweet spice. This wine does not disappoint on the palate. The cherry and strawberry on the nose carry through to the palate along with fresh plum, juicy raspberry and a hint of rose petal. It has a great mouthfeel and a fantastic finish

Great with game, but pretty brilliant on its own too!

Wine of the Week: Spolverino Toscana 2011, CarpinetoDate published: 30/08/13

Spolverino Toscana 2011, Carpineto

£12.49

or

20% off when you buy 2 or more bottles of Italian wine

£9.36

Chosen by Craig

This is the final weekend of our 25% off Italy promotion. To celebrate I have chosen one of my favourite Italian reds. This is a Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Canaiolo, the grape varieties traditionally used in Chianti. The name Spolverino means 'feather duster' in Italian and is a an irreverent nod to the cockerel emblem of Chinati.

Plums and sweet spices on the nose are followed by a light body. Soft cherry and blackcurrant fruits are combined with a velvety tannins and balanced acidity.

Try with a selection of Italian cured meats.

Special Offer: 25% off Wines of Italy!Date published: 20/08/13

Special Offer: 25% off Wines of Italy!

Majestic are offering 25% off* wines from Tuesday 20th August until Monday 2nd September

To celebrate this we will be running a wines of Italy tasting session on Saturday 24th August at 4pm. To register to attend this Free tasting call 01246 556 227 or email chf@majestic.co.uk

*Excludes sparkling and over £20 wines.

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV: £27.50Date published: 18/08/13

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial NV: £27.50

You have until Monday 2nd September to take advantage of this special offer.

One of Champagne's most iconic wines reduced from £42.00 to £27.50.

Call: 01246 556 227 or visit our website to place an order.

Free delivery on orders over £40.


Wine of the Week: Copertino 2008, Masseria MonaciDate published: 16/08/13

Copertino 2008, Masseria Monaci

£8.49

or

20% off when you buy 2 or more bottles of Italian wine

£6.79

Chosen by Craig

When shopping for Italian reds it is often easiest to stick to the most famous grapes and areas. And why not? Italy produces over 2,500 different varieties of grape; 600 of which are produced in commercially significant amounts. This Copertino from the heel of Italy demonstrates quality from a less well known grape: Negroamaro

Plums and sweet spices on the nose are followed by a surprisingly light body. Soft cherry fruit with a long finish which belies the price tag.

Perfect for simple pasta and pizza dishes.

Wine of the Week: Santa Rita Medalla Real ChardonnayDate published: 07/08/13

Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2011, Leyda Valley

£10.99

or

£8.79

20% off Chilean Wines when you buy 2 or more

Chosen by Dave

If you look at the staff profiles on any Majestic store's online homepage, there is almost always at least on member of the team who says they love buttery or oaked Chardonnays. These unfairly maligned wines offer great generosity and complexity. The Medalla Real is one of my favourite creamy Chardonnays.

Golden in the glass, this wine has a nose of lime, lemon and hazelnut, followed by a palate of apples and apricots with a round, creamy finish.

Perfect with your Sunday roast chicken.

Craig's Mixed White CaseDate published: 02/08/13

With the typical British summer not quite being able to make it's mind up, where the weather is concerned, here are three wines you can enjoy indoors or out...

2x La Grille Vouvray 2011, Paul Buisse.  £7.99, when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  Demi-sec in style, the extra sweetness is reined in by a cleansing acidity, balanced by a mixture of apple and peach fruits.


2x Fremondo Greco 2012, Sannio.  £7.99, when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  Delicate in aroma, full in texture, dense with apricot and peach flavour, and heady honeysuckle notes.


2x The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough.  £7.99, when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  Aromas of nettle and grass lead to generous gooseberry flavours with smoky herbal twists on the palate.

Dave's Mixed Rose CaseDate published: 01/08/13

It's Summer! What better time to get out in the garden with a couple of friends and enjoy a nice glass of Rose?

My personal recommendations would be...

2* Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rose £8.99 per bottle*
This Provencal Rose is packed with cherry and red apple.

2* Poggioargentiera Rosato £7.99 per bottle*
An unusual Sangiovese Rose from Italy. Hints of candied cherry.

2*Chapel Down English Rose £10.99 per bottle
Try something English! This crisp Pinot Noir has loads of lght strawberry and red currant.

*When you buy two bottles


Levitt's Mixed case Red'sDate published: 01/08/13

I have decided to publish my top three favourite red wines, which represent great quality and great value.

The Chezzy mixed case includes;-

2 x Costarossa Primitivo, Italy. £7.99 per bottle

2 x Laurent Miquel Faugeres, Southern France. £7.99 per bottle

2 x Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Merlot, Chile. £7.99 per bottle

If you like rich, smooth and fruity reds which have character then this is the mixed case for you.

Improved offer on Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough, until August 12th 2013Date published: 01/08/13

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc is now on offer at £5.99 when you buy two or more bottles, as part of a mixed case. This improved offer ends on Monday the 12th of August. If you are interested in reserving some of this wine, do not hesitate to get in touch either by phone on 01246 556227 or by email at chf@majestic.co.uk so we can arrange free delivery.


Wine of the Week: Domaine de Villargeau, 2011/12, Coteaux du GiennoisDate published: 31/07/13

Domaine de Villargeau, 2011/12, Coteaux du Giennois

£9.99

or

£8.99

when you buy 2 bottles as part of a mixed case

Chosen by Craig

The small appellation of Coteaux de Giennois has only 91 hectares planted with sauvignon vines. It's wines often slip under the radar, making them excellent value.

It has a classic gooseberry fruit aroma, with a mineral flavour that leads into a palate bursting with flavours of limes and nettle. This is an elegant choice for summer, with a clean and crisp finish.

I would recommend this wine with a seafood, or white meat dish.


Wine of the Week: Sancerre Blanc 2012, Domaine VacheronDate published: 26/07/13

Sancerre Blanc 2012, Domaine Vacheron

£17.99 per bottle

Sancerre is a hilltop town in the Loire region of France, known for its pungent expression of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Aromas of orchid fruits give way to a refreshing gooseberry fruit flavour, balanced by an almost smoky dry palate. This is an elegant choice for summer, with a long and crisp finish.

I would recommend this wine with a Goat's Cheese Tart, or a plate of fresh smoked Salmon.

We have a bottle open on the tasting counter so why not come down and how a try.


Loire & Beaujolais Tasting Week, 26th July to 1st AugustDate published: 26/07/13

The elegant, crisp whites of the Loire and the gentle, fruity reds of Beaujolais are terrific summer wines.  We have a selection of six wines, open on the tasting counter, in store for you to try, for the next week.

So, come and explore from Fri 26th July to Thu 1st August.

Remember we offer free delivery on all orders over £40.

Wine of the Week: Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Awatere Valley, MarlboroughDate published: 23/07/13

Invivo representative, Georgie, visited the store recently to introduce us to this punchy, vibrant and full bodied Sauvignon Blanc. Invivo is relatively new winery, having only released their first wines back in 2008. In the last few years Invivo Sauvignon Blanc has received a various accolade of awards, and after a recent tasting, we think it is definitely worthy of being our Wine or the Week.

Aromas of tropical fruits, with an immense bouquet of guava, passionfruit & lime, which is given texture by three weeks lees aging. Crisp and fresh on the palate with a long finish complete this great value wine.

Great with noodles & fresh vegetable stir fry.


£12.49

buy 2 still New Zealand wines, save 20%

£9.99


Craig's Top 5 Selection for the WeekendDate published: 20/07/13

With my first week under my belt, here at Majestic Wine Chesterfield, I'm feeling confident enough to recommend 5 of my favourites...

White

1 - Villa Maria, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2012 is £9.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.This wine is overflowing with aromas of passionfruit and gooseberry and finishes with excellent length and crispness.  Perfect with salads and white meat dishes.  It is currently featured on our tasting counter, so pop along to the store and have a try.

2 - La Grille Vouvray 2011, Paul Buisse is £7.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  I prefer whites wines with a little extra sweetness, so this vouvray is perfect.  It has a cleansing acidity, balanced by a mixture of apple and peach fruits.


Rose

3 -Chapel Down English Rose 2011/12 is £10.99 for a single bottle.  I first encountered this wine at a Majestic Wine tasting evening, at home in the North East, and it has become one of my firm favourites.  This dry refreshing rose is packed with a summer fruits character, with strawberry and redcurrant characters taking centre stage.


Reds

4 - Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2011, Central Valley is £6.39 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This Chilean wine has rich aromas of red fruit with a touch of spice.  Enjoy with pasta dishes or grilled lamb. It is currently featured on our tasting counter, so pop along to the store and have a try.

5 - Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2011, Barossa Valley is £10.99 when you buy 2 as part of a mixed case.  This Australian wine has meaty plum fragrance with spicy dark berried fruit flavours and an earthy texture.  For those of you who like a glass of wine with spicy foods this is a must.

Majestic Wine Chesterfield's Top 5 Picks for Sheffield's Tramline's Festival 2013Date published: 18/07/13

This weekend sees the start of Sheffield's Tram line's festival.  And with the weather hotting up it is time to take advantage of the sunshine and flare up the BBQ and pour a glass from our Top 5 selection.

Whites

1 - Villa Maria, New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2012 is £9.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.This wine is overflowing with aromas of passionfruit and gooseberry and finishes with excellent length and crispness.  Perfect with salads and white meat dishes.

2 -Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2012, Domaine de la Tourmaline is £6.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  This wine has a refreshing natural spritz.  This light wine is an ideal accompaniment to shellfish and spicy Chinese & Thai dishes.


Rose

3 - Poggioargentiera Rosato 2012, IGT Toscana is £7.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case.  A light and dry rose, with ripe and invigorating aromatics, carrying lush flavours of candied cherry and strawberry.  Try with grilled tiger prawns, fresh off the BBQ.


Reds

4 - Santa Rita 120 Carmenere 2011, Central Valley is £6.39 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This Chilean wine has rich aromas of red fruit with a touch of spice.  Enjoy with pasta dishes or grilled lamb.

5 - DB Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 De Bortoli is £7.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This wine is made for early drinking, it is an open and generously textured Pinot Noir, with warm and jammy red fruit flavours, together with soft tannins and medium body.  Enjoy with duck and rabbit dishes.

Wine of the Week: Terrior Hunter Riesling, UndurragaDate published: 16/07/13

Grown in the steep granitic hills of the San Antonio appellation, this Chilean take on Riesling, boasts both citrus and brooding kerosene- like aromas, that give way to a crisp and zesty flavour.

A great accompaniment to shellfish.

£11.99

buy 2 still Chilean Wines, save 20%

£9.59

Wine of the Week: Viu Manent Reserva ViognierDate published: 12/07/13

Viu Manent Reserva Viognier 2011 Colchagua


£10.99

buy 2 still Chilean wines, save 20%

£8.79


Chosen by Dave


Whilst picking the wines for Chilean tasting week, I found myself drawn to the grape varieties Chile famously does well: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon. So for our Wine of the Week I thought I'd try something a little different. Viognier, traditionally grown in Southern France, has flourished in warmer climates such as South America and Australia. Let us know what you think...


Aromas of stewed and tropical fruits give way to a palate of peach and pear, which is given texture by two months lees aging. Zippy acidity and a long finish complete this great value wine.


Great with spicy barbecued chicken or a mild Thai Curry.

Chilean Tasting Week; 12th-18th JulyDate published: 07/07/13

Are you a big fan of Chilean Wines?


Then don't miss our Chilean tasting week running from Friday 12th July to Thursday 18th July.


For the past few decades Chile has provided an excellent alternative to old world expressions of international grape varieties which are both generous on the palate and easy on the wallet.

From this Friday, our tasting counter will have a distinctly Chilean flavour to it. Come in and taste the best Chile has to offer in a wide range of styles and prices.

Tom and Dave will be on hand all week to discuss the wines on offer. Pop in at your convenience.

Majestic Wine Chesterfield's Top 5 Summer RefreshersDate published: 05/07/13

It looks set to be a scorcher this weekend, so we thought we'd put our heads together and come up with our favourite five wines to sip in the sunshine.


1)Quinta de Azevedo 2012 Vinho Verde £5.99*

A real bargain! Light and crisp with a gentle spritz.


2) Albariňo Martin Codax 2011, Rias Baixas £9.99*

Peach and pear flavours from Galicia. This Spainish white partners fantastically with barbecued sardines.


3) Minuty Rosé 2012 Côtes de Provence £9.99*

The perfect rosé for a summer's day. Refreshing cherry and apple with a zippy acidity.


4) Chablis 1er Cru 'Montmains' 2011, Vocoret £13.99*

An elegant classic. Fresh, clean and minerally with citrus aromas.


5) Bouvet Ladubay Sammur NV, France £8.99

Add a bit of fizz to your summer's afternoon with this Cremant de Loire. A light Chenin Blanc with a crisp finish.



*When you buy two bottles as part of a mixed case.


Wine of the Week: Gruner Veltliner, 2012, Weingarten Weissenkirchen, WachauDate published: 04/07/13

Grüner Veltliner 2012, Weingärten Weissenkirchen, Wachau

£9.99

buy 2 save £2

£8.99

Chosen by Dave

The hills are alive with the sound of wine making.

Early in my Majestic career a colleague enthusiastically pushed a bottle of Grüner Veltliner into my hands and said, “Try this, you'll love it.” They weren't wrong. Since this intervention I have tried as much of Austria's signature grape as I can get my hands on. The Wiengärten Weissenkirchen represents great value for money, as well as something a little bit different.

Fresh aromas of citrus fruits and apple are followed by a light, refreshing palate of zesty lemon and lime and spicy complexity with a mineral streak.

A fantastic palate cleanser before a meal or great with scallops. Try it once and, just like Arnie, “You'll be back”.

Thomas's Top Five BBQ WinesDate published: 04/07/13

With a great week of weather ahead I have decided to inform everyone of my top five BBQ belters.

WHITES

1 - Stella Alpina Pinto Grigio 2012, £9.59 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This wine is a rich, dry and fruit driven Pinot which will partner barbecued prawns perfectly.

2 - Montenovo Godello 2011, Spain, £9.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. The Godello grape is a spanish favourite and is brilliant when matched with grilled sardines on the barby.

ROSE

3 - L'Instant Safran Malbec Rose 2012, Cahors France, £6.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This is a rich malbec rose which is ideal with salad and barbecued meats.

REDS

4 - La Garnacha 2011, Spain, £7.99 when you buy two as aprt of a mixed case. A rich Grenache red which is perfect with barbecued red meats and spicy Chirozo.

5 - Amalaya de Colome Malbec, Argentina. £8.99 when you buy two as part of a mixed case. This outstanding spicy Malbec blend is meant to be drunk at summer barbecues.


Wine of the Week:Caixas Godello 2012, Martin CodaxDate published: 26/06/13

Caixas Godello 2012, Martin Codax

£9.99

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£7.99

Chosen by Dave

Over the past few weeks I've found myself enjoying some Majestic Classics, which is great fun, but I feel the need to try something new. This week's Wine of the Week is a fresh addition to the Majestic range. It comes from Galicia in North West Spain, is made with Godello and we think you might rather like it....

A complex nose of citrus fruits, pear and rich tropical flavours is followed by a palate of pear with viscous mouth coating texture and zippy, refreshing acidity.

Like any most Galician whites; it's best with fish. Try with barbecued sardines.

Wine of the Week: Jim Barry Lodge Hill ShirazDate published: 20/06/13

The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2011, Jim Barry, Clare Valley

£13.74

buy any 2 Australian save 20%

£10.99

Chosen by Dave

Every now and again it's nice to revisit an old friend. The Lodge Hill Shiraz has been a regular in my wine rack throughout my Majestic career. As a result, I often overlook it when choosing a wine in favour of something new or different. To celebrate Australian tasting week I thought I would recommend this classic Aussie Shiraz to those of you who have not been fortunate enough to try it.

A nose of plum and hints of black pepper are followed by a palate of rich blackberry and menthol. Soft tannins compliment the full, fruity flavours.

Great for barbecues or Friday night quaffing.

Fine Wine of the month: Two Hands, Angel's Share ShirazDate published: 13/06/13

Two Hands, Angel's Share Shiraz

Australian wine producer Two Hands were established in 1999 specifically to showcase Australian wine. Their main focus has been on wines from the Barossa Valley but the Angel's Share Shiraz comes from the McLaren Vale.

The McLaren Vale's climate has a strong maritime influence, which moderates the extremes of temperature and makes the region a good deal wetter than much of Australia. It is reknowned for producing generous, gutsy red wines and this is no exception.

Less peppery in style than a french shiraz, this is a rich and complex wine. With aromas of coffee, cocoa and cola supported by a backdrop of mulberry and plum.

If you like this why not try the Two Hands' Gnarly Dudes, another take on Australian Shiraz by the guys at Two Hands.

The complexity and flavours in this wine make it the perfect wine for enjoying with barbequed beef fillet.

£22 or £18 when you buy 2 or more bottles of selected fine wine

Wine of the Week Albarino Martin Codax 2011, Rias BaixasDate published: 12/06/13

Albarińo Martin Codax 2011, Rias Baixas

£12.49

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£9.99

Chosen by Dave

When most people think of Spanish wine they think of rich, complex reds from Rioja or Ribera del Duero. Spain produces lots of exceptional white wines as well as the famous reds. White Rioja comes in varying styles; while Rueda and Verdejo offer superb value. Our Wine of the Week, however, comes from Rias Baixas in Galicia and is made with the region's signature grape; Albarińo.

Aromas of peach, spice and tropical fruit with floral hints are followed by a refreshing palate of honeyed peaches and other stone fruit with a long minerally finish.

Great as an aperitif, with shell fish or other sea food tapas dishes.

New Zealand Sauvignon BlancDate published: 04/06/13

As part of our summer of Saturday Masterclass tastings we showcased New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the first of June. If you missed it, or if you were here and need a little refresher, these are the wines we tasted and what we and the customers thought of them.

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc - this was, suprisingly, the least popular of the wines we tasted. Which is a shame as its a great alternative to the Ned and is delicious with a goat's cheese salad.

Vavasour - the original Awatera Valley Producer, its more southerly position means the grapes are allowed longer maturation on the vine creating light and comlex flavours.

Craggy Range Te Muna Road -this vineyard is described as the most beautiful in the world, at a higher altitude than many NZ vineyards, the wines produced are more like a  top end Loire in style. With it's refined style and restrained palate this wine was very popular indeed.

Goldwater - This was the most popular of the wines we tasted, this wine is light with raspberry leaf aromas and a lemony acidity.

Blind River - this was our wine of the week and an excellent, light and herby wine. Great with summer starters or for enjoying in the sunshine!

We also Tasted the punchy Ara Select Blocks Sauvignon Blanc and the intense St Claire Pioneer Block.

If you like or liked these we reccomend the Isabel Sauvignon Blanc, The Jackson Stich or - for a real treat - THe St Clair Wairu Reserve Sauvignong Blanc, our notes say 'a Ferrari of a wine'!!  

Coming up we've got 'Perfect Barbeque Wines' on the 15th June and Rose wines will be showcased on the 29th June.

The tastings are free, and fairly informal and friendly, but do ring us on 01246556227 to book your place. 

Saturday Masterclass TastingsDate published: 03/06/13

Our Saturday Masterclass tastings continue to run through the summer.

Coming up we've got 'Perfect Barbeque Wines' on the 15th June and Rose wines will be showcased on the 29th June.

At these events we usually taste six different wines, and these range in style and price to help you explore the world of wine.

The tastings are free, and fairly informal and friendly, but do ring us on 01246556227 to book your place. 

Early summer offers!Date published: 24/05/13

W'e got some great deals on for the next two weeks, to celebrate the bank holiday and the (surely) ever nearing onset of a fabulous British summer.

Our best offers include...

Macon Lugny, Louis Latour - Now only £7.99,  when you buy 2 bottles or more as part of your mixed case.

Chapoutier Cote du Rhone, Belleruche - Now only £7.99,  when you buy 2 bottles or more as part of your mixed case.

Taittinger Brut Reserve - Now only £25

Lindauer Brut - Now only £7.99

We also have Pimm's at £13 and a NEW Blackberry and elderflower Flavour Pimms also at £13.

So you can be summer ready... whenever it arrives!

Wine of the Week - Masi MasiancoDate published: 17/05/13

WOW, This wine is amazing. Think poached pears, think risotto, think Sheffield wednesday - Massive.

Are you a local business owner?Date published: 17/05/13

Majestic can provide a range of commercially exclusive wines for your pub, bar or restaurant.

What can we offer you?

Our range was awarded three Gold Medals, one Silver Medal and seven Bronze Medals at the Sommelier Wine Awards 2013. We have also been jointly crowned 'Great Value Wine Merchant of the Year'.

How do we work?

Your account will be run from the Chesterfield store, who, along with your personal Key Account Manger, will ensure that your every need is catered for. Running your account from a local store allows us to offer next day delivery and training courses for you and your staff.

If this sounds right for your business, call the us on 01246 556 227 or come in to our store for a chat.

What are you doing on Tuesday night?Date published: 11/05/13

Our customer invite tasting is this Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm. If you haven't already signed up for it and would like to come along, give us a call on 01246 556 227. It's completely free, but it's filling up fast!

We've picked out a really interesting selection of wines. Expect some fizz, great nibbles, an excellent Provençal Rose, a broad range of reds and whites and an extra special something from Bordeaux. We'll also have a great range of local and international beers open to taste.

So come down and have a chat with our staff, try some great wines and work out what you'll be drinking this summer...


Wine of the Week Chateau Pigoudet Chapelle RoseDate published: 07/05/13

Chateau Pigoudet 'La Chapelle' Rose 2012, Coteaux de Aix-en-Provence

£9.99

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£8.99

Chosen by Dave

During the hotter weather I always find myself reaching for the palest, dry Rose I can find. This normally means I find myself perusing the Provence Rose. The Pigoudet has become a firm favorite. I heartily recommend that you make the most of the sunshine whilst supping the Provençal gem.

Don't let the pale colour fool you, this wine packs a fruity punch. Full, rich apple, cherry, peach and melon combine with refreshing acidity to creates a delicious and refreshing aperitif.

Serve well chilled in the sunshine with a Salade Nicoise.


Bordeaux trip - day one St EmillionDate published: 25/04/13

Last Monday some fellow Majestic employees and I jetted off to Bordeaux, the very center of the red wine world, and just in time to sample some 2012 vintage en primeur. A  fantastic opportunity to see the winemaking process in action and meet the passionate people who make the wine.

Our base was in Bordeaux city itself, at the aptly named Hotel Majestic. From here we had the region at our fingertips, from the gently rolling vineyards to the sumptious 18th century facades of Bordeaux city. The river Gironde flows through the heart of the city and the city's architecture mirrors the river's meander. The river, being once the city's main communication route was used to transport all manner of goods in and out of Brodeaux, from building stone from St Emilion to cobble stones from England and of course wine!

The first vineyard we visited was Chateau Villemarine, where they enthused about their unique terrior. The vineyards of Villemarine had shallow soils over pourus limestone which 'acts like a sponge' holding just the right amount of water for the vines.For the best grapes vines need a little water stress and the microclimate and the rock type work well for this. The vineyards here were also unique as you could walk underneath them, in the surprisingly shallow limestone mines from where the stone to build Bordeaux was mined. Through the occasional clay seam into the mine the vines' roots peeked at us reminding us of the sunshine and pristene vineyards above. Back in the modern winery we tried their en primeur, their fine wine and their second label. The en prim had such richness of colour and fruit flavour, with tannin and acidity - ready to mature in bottle, but with a good balance and potential to make a great wine. The second label had bold flavours, fruity with a touch of menthol and their fine wine had all this but was more delicate, with a typically French elegance.

At lunch we tried some more Bordeaux wines; seemingly countless bottles of Bordeaux red and white wines came to our table, coupled with the sunshine they complimented our lunch of goats cheese salad, barbequed chicken and sorbet beautifully.  

After lunch some of us took ourselves on a mini tour of St Emilion, I must have felt that I hadn't quite had enough wine as I found myself with some French ladies tasting some Bordeaux Blanc de Noirs made from Cabernet Franc, which was very interesting.     

Despite the 50minute bus ride, lunch in St Emilion slipped very easily into dinner in Bordeaux, thus I have absolutley no reccolection of what was for starter or dessert, but I do remember Senejac 2008 working very well with the duck I had for main course. Dinner was finished off with a glass of armagnac from the year of our birth, quite full of food and wine we tottered back to our hotel, despite a couple of requests for a nightclub from some of the more energetic members of the party.

The next day's adventures to follow, Margaux and beyond!

 

 

Wine of the week - Raats Granite Blocks Chenin BlancDate published: 12/04/13

To coincide with South African week on the tasting counter this wine of the week is made from South Africa's most widely grown grape, Chenin Blanc. Bruwer Raats, who produce this wine, are some of South Africa's most celebrated Chenin specialists and their farm is Fairtrade-accredited. Aromas of lychee and melon are followed by floral flavours and a distinct minerality. This is a great refreshing springtime wine, if the British weather doesn't comply this wine should bring you some sunshine!

Try with grilled mackerel or asparagus.  

New Opening HoursDate published: 07/04/13

We have changed our opening hours slightly.

We are now open:

Monday: 10am-7pm

Tuesday: 10am-7pm

Wednesday: 10am-7pm

Thursday:10am-8pm

Friday: 10am-8pm

Saturday : 9am-7pm

Sunday/Bank Holiday: 10am-5pm

 

Mon Grand Tour des vines du sud-ouest FranceDate published: 07/04/13

Last week I was fortunate enough to visit a number of vineyards in the South-West of France. This often-forgotten region of France is a patchwork of wines – having tried over 80 wines in 4 days I can vouch for this – and it was a great opportunity to explore the diversity and variety that the Languedoc has to offer. Here's how I got on!

The trip began with a walking tour of Toulouse – the cité rose – accompanied by our hosts from Vinovalie, before we headed along many winding roads to the small village of Salvagnac. We were treated to dinner and a tasting of a small selection of their wines; I particularly enjoyed a pairing of an oak-aged Loin de L'Oeil with warm goats' cheese.

The next day we tried the full selection of Vinovalie wines – over 40 in total!- which range from the crisp, dry, slightly spritzed St Michel Perle Gaillac, through to the rich licquorice flavours of Chatueau Jouaninel's Fronton. Other interesting wines included a ginger-infused rosé and their amusingly-named Hmmm sparkling wine.

After being given a behind-the-scenes tour of their winery at Rabastens, we lunched on foie gras and three huge entrecotes of beef which were cooked on the log-burning fire in front of us. The rich, tannic malbecs were a great accompaniment to such pieces of meat!

Our second winemakers, Plaimont greeted us at the Monastère de Saint-Mont. Once a famous monastery, it is now home to vineyards, and for one night, a group of very satisfied Majestic employees! We tasted several of their wines, some we recognised, such as Les Hauts de Bergelle, some were new to us. I particularly enjoyed their Chateau selection, which were rich, elegant and complex.

We were given a tour of the Saint-Mont vineyards, one of which is a protected historic landmark and contains vines that are over 200 years old! We then moved onto Plaimont's Gascogny site, where we tried wines which were lighter and fresher in style. A light lunch of a selection of duck followed, which was topped off by 40 year-old Armagnac.

After a snooze, we moved on to Cahors, and our final winemaker, Rigal. We were taken to some prehistoric caves, which added culture to our trip. We meandered through the Lot valley, taking in the gently-sloping hills covered in vineyards, and had our final tasting of the trip looking out across the beautiful panoramic views. Rigal almost exclusively produce wines made from Malbec, so it was especially interesting to taste how diverse each wine is, from the light, soft L'Instant Truffier through to the inky, tannic Vin Noir.

We returned to England later that night thoroughly satisfied and grateful for the opportunity to try such a wide range of wines from three very different winemakers.

Fine Wine Friday - Pouilly-Fume de LadoucetteDate published: 04/04/13

This Friday we have chosen to open the Pouilly-Fume de Ladoucette.

Pouilly and Fume are villages in the easterly end of the Loire Valley give their name to the wine produced from the vineyards surrounding them, produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes these wines don't gush with fruit like new world sauvignons, rather they have a crisp minerality and subtle fruit favours. Some may think thery are austere in comparison to their new world counterparts but I would say they're elegant.  

This is a superb Pouilly-Fume with pungent elder-tinged fruit and a smoky, steely finish, but don't take my word for it, visit the store on Friday 5th April and taste some for yourself!  

Wines of SpainDate published: 03/04/13

To coincide with our upcoming tasting week entitled 'The Wines of Spain' and our current deal of 20% off Spanish wines here's some of our favorite Spanish Wines and a little bit about them and the regions that they come from.

Rioja... Rioja is a region of small growers, most of whom sell their grapes on to co-operatives and merchants. 75% of Rioja's production is red wine with 15% rose wine. The tempranillo grape forms the heart of most blends with grapes like Garnacha giving more body and alcohol. Traditionally, the style of Rioja has been defined by the style of blend and the wine's maturation, usually in barriques made of American oak, this gave the wine smoothness of structure and texture. This style is still common but producers are looking to shorter periods of ageing in French oak, which imparts flavours of sweet spice and retains some of the fresh, fruity characteristics of the wine.

We love the Vina Eguia Gran Reserva; aged for 30 months in barrel and three years in bottle before release this wine is super smooth with raisin, caramel, clove and vanilla flavours.     

Rias Biaxas... stretching along the Galacian coast in North West Spain, this region produces some great white wines, Albarino in particular. Modern wine producing techniques have really helped this grape shine, with temperature control helping to preserve its delicate flavour. This wine has naturally high acidity and is crisp and refreshing, it is best drunk young and would be a great match to seafood and sunshine.

We love the Albarino Martin Codax, with delicate peach aromas and a floral finish this Albarino would be delicious with a summer salad. 

Cava... Cava is Spain's sparkling and can come from any of a number of regions in Spain. They use the same method as they do in Champagne, making dry sparkilng wine with medium acidity and some character from the wine's contact with yeast, often giving a smoky taste.  Traditional grape varieties for Cava production include Xarel-lo, Macabeo and Parellada, the 'international' varieties used to make sparkling wine -Chardonnay and Pinot Noir- have only recently been permitted for use in Cava production, these are still splitting producers with some wanting to stick to the traditional, but we like the differences that these new rules give to our Spanish fizz instore.

Try the Codorniu Seleccion Raventos NV, the Chardonnay in this blend makes for a more aromatic style. Peach and lemon flavours with a crisp mineral acidity make this a great match for canapes.   

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne - Offer ends soon! Date published: 03/04/13

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne is currently £16 per bottle (down from £25) but it is due to be going up on the 9th April. A light, fresh and fruity champagne, with overtones of apples, pears and citrus. I suggest this would be a great fizz to take on a spring picnic, for all manner of celebrations or to enjoy with the tv coverage of the Grand Nation this weekend.

Fantastic Fizz Offer - Veuve Clicquot!Date published: 01/04/13

Veuve Clicquot is a firm favourite here in Chesterfield!

We've currently got it on offer at £30 when you buy 6.

That's a saving of £90 a case!

Hurry, this special offer finishes on Tuesday 9th April!

 

Come and Explore.

Wine of the Week - Vina Eguia Rioja Gran ReservaDate published: 28/03/13

Viña Eguía Rioja Gran Reserva 2004

This is the perfect wine to enjoy this Easter; not only will it compliment roast lamb but it is also one of our best deals; a really special wine for this price bracket. Made of Tempranillo grapes, which have an excellent aging capacity, this wine has been aged in oak barrels for 30 months, then aged in bottle for a further three years. The oak barrels have imparted sweet spice flavours; vanilla, clove and cinnamon notes. The bottle aging has smoothed the tannins and reduced the Tempranillo's natural high acidity. The combined aging also brings a delicious stewed plum flavour to the wine.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

£9.99 single bottle price or £7.99 when you buy 2 or more bottles as part of a mixed case

We are closed on Easter SundayDate published: 28/03/13

Please note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday, 31 March 2013. We are open our normal Friday hours on Good Friday and our bank holiday hours on Easter Monday.

Easter Opening TimesDate published: 23/03/13

We will be open as usual on Good Friday (10-8) and Easter Saturday (9-7).

The store will be closed on Easter Sunday.

We will be operating Bank Holiday hours on Easter Monday (10-5).

Easter Offers Tasting WeekDate published: 22/03/13

Despite there being a greater likelihood of seeing a snowman than the Easter Bunny, we are opening a selection of our top offer Easter wines this week. Highlights include:

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc - £6.99*

Alamos Malbec - £5.99*

Vina Eguia Gran Reserva - £7.99*

*when you buy at least 2 bottles

How about putting 2 of each in a mixed case for only £41.94?!  We'll even deliver it for FREE!

Staff Picks whatever the weather!Date published: 13/03/13

It's felt like we've experienced every season this week, with snow, wind and sun in equal measures. Our staff picks cover all bases, so you'll have something to enjoy, whatever the weather!

Gerry - Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere, 2009

This is a perfect winter wine; it is rich, chocolatey and with a distinct woodiness, which conjures up images of sitting by a wood-buring fire.

Anna  - Muriel Rioja Reserva, 2007

Rioja and spring lamb are a match made in heaven, and the Muriel is a classy mix of cheery, vanilla and tobacco.

Tom - Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde, 2011

When summer arrives I'll be poised with my glass of Vinho Verde. The slight spritz makes it a really refreshing choice, and it is great with BBQed shellfish!

Majestic Wines in the PressDate published: 10/03/13

Here's what the experts in the business have chosen as the pick of the bunch.

Mail on Sunday – Olly Smith - 3rd March

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc , 2012 Majestic have an array of top quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and this is a real crowd-pleaser. It is light, zesty and refreshing; a great slurper!

Sunday Express – Jamie Goode - 3rd March

Saint Clair Estate Pinot Noir, 2011 A classic Pinot Noir with a backbone of sour cherry. Quite light in colour, it is elegant and fruit-driven.

Scotland on Sunday – Brian Elliott - 3rd March

Lirac Domaine des Garrigues, 2011 Due to the lack of oak, the wine displays soft, fruit characteristics, with a warming spicy touch. Support Wine Relief – 10% of the price of this wine goes to Comic Relief.

The Scotsman – Rose Murray Brown - 2nd March

Dr L Riesling Loosen, 2011 This is a light, fragrant, off-dry Riesling, perfect with spicy Thai dishes. Support Wine Relief – 10% of the price of this wine goes to Comic Relief.

The Daily Record – Brian Elliott - 2nd March

Paul Mas Estate Chardonnay, 2012 This is a real crowd pleaser; it has touches of peach and vanilla to satisfy those who love their oaky chardonnays, yet it maintains an acidic freshness with citrus flavours.

Top wines for Mother's dayDate published: 08/03/13

We have some great wines for you to share with your mother this Mother's day. Here's our top suggestions....

Perrier Jouet Grand Brut NV

.... With a friendly, fruit driven flavour and a zesty mousse this champagne is delicious! With arguably the prettiest label in the store your Mama is bound to be impressed.

Chateau de Tracy Pouilly-Fume

.... Citrussy with a seductive minerality. This wine is a real treat for anyone who likes a zingy white wine. Great with seafood or a light lunch.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel

.... recommended in Decanter last month, this wine has plum, blueberry and sweet spice flavours. With this fruit flavour and its medium body it's a great wine to look forward to spring with. Great with a cheeseboard or even a box of chocolates! 

 

...and if you don't think your mum needs a drink I suggest watching ten minutes of 'One born every minute' before you reconsider!!

Wine of the week - Penalolen Cabernet SauvignonDate published: 08/03/13

What a nose this wine has! With plum, black fruit and mocha aromas, this wine sings from the moment you pour it.

From the heartland of Chilean wine, the Maipo region of the Central valley area, this wine embodies all of what makes Chilean wine great. Compares to the Cabernet Sauvignons of Bordeaux this is fuller in body, with smoother tannins, it is ready to drink now and, thanks to the Chilean sunshine, has strong black fruit and flavours. The Cabernet Sauvignons of the Maipo have a reputation for slightly minty Cabernet Sauvignons, this is no exception with a menthol and liquorice finish. 

We think this would be great paired with a steak and pepper sauce or with a meaty slightly spicy stew.  

Wines of South AmericaDate published: 07/03/13

South America has been producing wines for hundreds of years. Spanish settlers brought over vines in the 16th century but, through political and social barriers, it took till the 1990s before wines form Chile and Argentina became big players on the international wine market. Now Argentina is the 5th biggest wine producer in the world and has a, rightfully earned, reputation for producing great Malbec. Chile is renouned for it's Bordeaux style blends and the quality of the white wine produced in Chile and Argentina is ever increasing, both countries having success with international and native varieties.

The climate, or more particularly the micro-climates in both Chile and Argentina make these regions great for wine production and the envy of the old world producers. Grape growers use a cocktail of the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean, the warmth and drought that comes with their latitude, the cooling effects of altitude and the reliable snowmelt water source to give each grape variety the conditions it needs.

Sauvignon Blanc, for example, is best grown in cool but sunny areas, to help maintain the varietal fruit flavours in the grapes. Casablanca or San Antonio to the West of the Aconcagua region are cooled by the nearby Pacific Ocean or Elqui in the North of Chile where the vineyards benefit from the cooing effects of altitude. Try the Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. 

Torrontes is a 'native' Argentinian white grape, and makes Argentina's signiature white wine. Torrontes is thought to be a cross betweeen Muscat of Alexandriaand Criolla Chica. Planted in La Rioja, San Juan and the northern province of Salta. this grape has benefited from modern winemaking techniques helping to maintain its intense, fruity, floral perfume, medium body and acidity. We suggest the Vinalba Torrontes as a perfect example of this wine.

The red wines Chile produces are mostly either single Bordeaux varieties or their blends; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere in particular. Carmenere also shows how Chile's isolation has helped its wine production; usually grape growing vines have to be grafted onto pest resistant rootstocks to keep the vines healthy, as pests like Phylloxera attack the rootstock of Vitis Vinifera -the wine grape vine species. Phylloxera has never been a problem in Chile as the pesky bugs can't make it over the cold Andes or across the Pacific Ocean. The hot, dry weather in both Chile and Argentina also mean that rot is rarely a problem and grapes can very successfully be grown organically too. Try the Errazuriz Max Reserva Merlot, for a super smooth fruity Chilean red.

Whatever Argentina export they seem to do very well at it, and their red wines are certainly no exception. If you are having beef tonight a bottle of Malbec or two should be on your mind. Full bodied with ripe black fruit, a little spicy but still elegant, Malbec is great for enjoying with meaty, hearty warming dishes. It can also show the affect of altitude, and thus temperature on wines. In general Malbec from lower altitude is fuller in body with more black fruit and wines from highter altitude have more elegance and fresher, perhaps more floral aromas.  We love the Alamos Malbec, from the Mendoza region, perfect with steak.

Classic French Wines - Burgundy & BeaujolaisDate published: 07/03/13

Bugundy has cooler winters, hotter summers and less rainfall than Bordeaux due to its slightly higher latitude and its distance from the sea. It is sheltered to the west-side by the Massif Central Mountains and bordered by the River Saone to the East. 

The majority of Burgundian wines are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, though a few other varieties like Sauvignon Blanc do well here to.

Pinot Noir succeeds better here than any other place in the world, perhaps helped by the limey marl soils on which they thrive. Classic Burgundian Pinot Noir has raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavours which can evolve to gamey, savory, farmyard flavours as the wine matures. They are ususally quite full bodied with medium to high levels of tannin and acidity. New Zealand Pinot Noirs have more fruit flavours with less potential for aging. The best Pinot Noirs come From the Cote de Nuits, these can be very full bodied and have great potenetial for aging.

The great white wines in Burgundy all come from Chardonnay, the calcereous clay soils of Chablis and the Cote De Beaune suit this grape well. It can produce rich, ripe, creamy-buttery wines and can express it's terroir and the methods of wine production well, making potentially very diffent wines from the same grape. Chabils can have stony or smoky minerality and ripe lemon flavours

Beaujolais is sometimes considered part of Burgundy but it's different soil types, microclimate and methods of wine production make this more of a region in its own right. Gamay is the grape grown in this area, and has a particular affinity for granite and the vines grown on the grantie schist in this area have more character. Beaujolais has a distinct fresh fruit character which can be so fruity as to nod towards a bubblegum flavour, although the best Beaujolais will be bursting with blueberries and summer fruits.

South America Tasting WeekDate published: 05/03/13

This week we're going on a whistle-stop tour of wines of Argentina and Chile, culminating in our Saturday Tasting Tutorials. Pop in this week to try traditional Malbecs and Carmeneres, as well as some more unusual Bordeaux-inspired blends or even Argentina's native Torrontes white.

Don't forget we update our online tasting counter daily so you know what we're tasting instore!

 

Mature Rioja Parcel - Don't Miss Out!Date published: 04/03/13

On Tuesday 5th March at 9am we will be releasing an exciting parcel of Rioja Gran Reservas exclusively online!

The wines come from Conde de Valdemar (you may remember the bodega from the previous Rioja Exclusive parcel we released last Autumn) and range in vintage from 1998 to 1980.

They will be priced between £9.99 and £19.99.

If, like me, you managed to get your hands on our previous Rioja Exclusive parcel, you will know how good these wines are and how they are excellent value for money.

If you are interested, the parcels will be released online  at www.majestic.co.uk at 9am on Tuesday 5th March. I must stress how popular these wines are and so they will sell out FAST!

Any queries, get in touch with us on chf@majestic.co.uk or give us a ring on 01246 556227.

Classic France AlternativesDate published: 02/03/13

We've been going Gallic this week with our French classics tastings and tutorials! However, if France isn't quite your thing, here's my guide to New World wines with a French twist.

Bordeaux v South Africa - Kanonkop Kadette, £8.99

A true clash of cultures with the traditional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc of Bordeaux being blended with South Africa's native Pinotage. The result is an amalgamation of blackcurrant, mocha and violets with great length.

Burgundy v New Zealand - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir, £10.99

The earthy, Burgundian-style of Pinot Noir is not to everyone's taste (or budget!) so this is a great alternative as it has a clever balance of cherry fruit, vanilla and only a subtle hint of oak.

Rhône v Australia - Turkey Flat "Butcher's Block" GSM, £11.99

The trio of grapes Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre is famous in the Southern Rhône area. Due to the high temperatures it produces a rich, heavy, full-bodied wine. Barossa in Australia has a similar climate and so is well-suited to producing this big, powerful juicy wine.

Sancerre v Chile - Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, £7.99

The Loire valley is famous for producing crisp, dry, flinty Sauvignon Blanc, but Chile's cooling climate is ideal for replicating the Sancerre style. Errazuriz injects a tropical twist to give the Sauvignon Blanc that extra fruitiness.

Burgundy v South Africa - Jordan Lemon Grove Chardonnay, £11.99

This is a new addition to our range, and I was very impressed by the restrained use of oak, which produces a wine that balances the flavours of hazelnut and butterscotch with apple and lemon (as the name suggests!)

 

Classic French Wines - BordeauxDate published: 01/03/13

Its Classic France Tasting week and we've got some great masterclasses on Tomorrow (Saturday). As such here's an introduction to wines from Bordeaux; keep checking our store page as wines of Burgundy, the Loire and the South of France will follow!

Bordeaux

We had to start with Bordeaux, this region can show us how weather, climate, soils and vineyard location can affect the wine produced. The wine producing area is divided by two rivers, the Dordogne and the Garrone and their confluence the Girronde.

On the West side, or Left bank, the soils are stony - excellent at re-radiating heat. This suits Cabernet Sauvignon well making it the dominant grape in the wines which hail from this area. The best wines from this area come from the Haut-Medoc and the Pessac-Leognan. The former being ususally very structured with high tannins and acidity - thus well capable of ageing, with a core of black fruit flavours and toasted oak,  with age these fruit flavours mellow to give flavours of cedar and cigar box. The Latter, the Pessac-Leognan is lighter in body, but more fragrant, with more pronounced fruit aromas.

The Right Bank, on the East side of the Gironde, has different soils, which better suits Melot and Cabernet Franc. The best wines from the Right Bank come form St. Emilion and Pomerol. The wines from St. Emilion have moderate to high tannin, with high levels of complexity and red berry and plum aromas; with age these wines develop flavours of tobaco and cedar. Wines from Pomerol are richer with spicy blackberry character.  

The area between the Dordogne and the Garrone is known as 'Entre deux Mers', which literally translates as 'between two seas'. The proximity of these rivers encourages the development of noble rot, which makes for the best sweet wines. The 'rot' helps to dehydrate the grapes and concentrates the sugar within, making sweet wine with delicious marmalade flavours.

 

Of course this isn't exhausting the list of wines of Bordeaux, this is a mere surface scratch of the wines of this area. We have a wide range of styles, prices and blends from Bordeaux instore, come down and find out why Bordeaux style wines are copied the (new) world over.   

Our Top Fine Wine Picks – MarchDate published: 01/03/13

Red

Purple Angel Carmenère 2010, Montes, Colchagua, £30 – Deep and velvety, the name befits the texture and colour of the top wine of Montes. Unmistakable flavours of licquorice and garrigue herbs. Top food match – Try with rosemary crusted shoulder of lamb.

Rioja Gran Reserva 2001, Marqués de Riscal, £30 or buy 2 save £10 = £25 – A classic Rioja Gran Reserva wth flavours of toasted oak and vanilla. Top food match – Great with rustic Spanish ham and Manchego cheese.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005, Clos de L'Oratoire des Papes, £25 or buy 2 save £4 = £23 – Powerful, spicy and earthy, with a layer of ripe cherry. Has the potential to age for 10 years. Top food match – The intense flavours would match a filet steak au poivre.

Château Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004, Péssac-Léognan, £24 – A medium-bodied claret from Graves, it is soft, lush and complex. Excellent flavours of cedar, truffle and plum. Top food match – Would be ideal with beef wellington with a mushroom and chestnut stuffing.

Sexy Beast Cabernet 2011, Two Hands, McLaren Vale, £22 or buy 2 save £8 – A succulent wine with a density rarely seen in the McLaren Vale. Smoky, lavender flavours are joined by a menthol tinge. Top food match – Try with sausage casserole.

White

Château de Tracy 2010, Pouilly-Fumé, £19.99 – Open, fresh and clean with juicy citrus flavours and a hint of minerality. Top food match – Great with goats' cheese – try warming in a rocket and pine nut salad.

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay 2010, Santa Barbara, £22 or buy 2 save £8 = £18 – Elegant, complex and full-bodied, the rich flavours of hazelnut and toast are balanced by an orange zestiness. Top food match – Try with a rich, creamy pasta dish or foie gras.

Cloudy Bay Riesling 2007, Marlboroug, £27.50 or by 2 save £10 = £22.50 – Taken from the best, exclusive vines Cloudy Bay's Riesling is aromatic and full of orange and lime with an unmistakable steeliness. Top food match – Try with Smoked salmon or mild Thai-inspired spicy dishes.

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Marlborough, £19.99 – The infamous gooseberry and nettle flavours of Marlborough are married perfectly with nutty and vanilla hues thanks to the subtle oak influence. Top food match - A crisp accompaniment to smoked salmon canapés.

Pouilly-Fuissé “Vers Cras” 2010, Domaine Cordier, £24 or buy 2 save £2 = £23 – The Cordier winemakers are renowned for producing well-structured wines with long-lasting flavours, and this Pouilly-Fuissé is no exception. Top food match – The elegance and richness of the wine would be a perfect partner to scallops.

Champagne at £12? Yes Please!Date published: 26/02/13

We've got an amazing offer on Montaudon Brut Champagne - Was £25  Now Only £12!

This is a great price for a rich, biscuity Champagne, but HURRY we have a limited stock, and we have a first come first served basis.

If you would like some, ring us on 01246 556227, email at chf@majestic.co.uk or pop in store.

Wine of the Week - Waimea Sauvignon Blanc, Nelson, 2012Date published: 17/02/13

What a difference 40km makes! Nelson, the home of Waimea Estates may only be a few miles from the famous Marlborough Region of New Zealand, yet they have produced a Sauvignon Blanc that is very different from what you would expect in the eastern vineyards of Marlborough.

The grapes from each plot of land are vinified individually, and so the resulting wine is composed of many layers of different flavours. These include tropical fruit, asparagus and lemon. The wine is refreshing and clean, with a soft, creamy texture in the mouth.

Interesting Fact

Waimea was originally an orchard business, but in 1993 the owners decided that winemaking was a more lucrative business and consequently swapped apples for grapes!

£10.99 or buy 2 bottles save £4 = £8.99

Focus On...Paul MasDate published: 14/02/13

The Mas legacy began in 1892 when Auguste Mas, acquired 9ha of vines in Pézenas. Four generations later we find Jean-Claude maintaining the family tradition of producing quality, classic wines using innovative winemaking techniques to give a modern twist.

There is a great emphasis placed on finding the right location for their vineyards, as in the Languedoc there can be so much variation in soil and microclimate from one vineyard to another. The Mas vineyards are spread across the 5 valleys in the region and take 30 separate harvests to pick the grapes, which enables them to create a broad range of wine styles, and grow a diverse number of different grapes ranging from the rich, inky complexity of their Malbec, through to the more fruity, herby favours in their Languedoc blend.

The emphasis of their wines is always le Luxe Rural; wines that display the authenticity and emotion of the Languedoc whilst maintaining a certain refinement. Indeed, Jean-Claude is often known as the man behind the New Wave of winemaking in the South of France, due to the desire for quality and consistency in the wines.

Here's some of our favorites:

Paul Mas Estate Malbec – Deep and dark with blackberry flavours. Great with a cheeseboard or rich game dishes.

Vignes de Nicole Cabernet Merlot – The elegant and complex plum, chocolate and anise flabours are a great match to pasta.

Mas de Mas Pinot Banc – Crisp, floral and refreshing, this is a top wine to have with seafood or roast poultry.

Valentine's Day Staff PicksDate published: 12/02/13

Chocolates? Check.

Romantic Music? Check.

Candlelit Meal for 2? Check.

Wine? Errrr

Looking for something special this Valentine's Day for a special person? We've picked our favourites that are guaranteed to go down well this Thursday!

Tom - Trilogy Cuveé Rosé - £9.99

"This is a great alternative to Champagne - it's fruity, delicate and has a great lasting fizz. I'll be having mine with smoked salmon blinis."

Anna - Oeil de Perdrix Rosé - £15

"Gentlemen take note - If you're looking to impress that special lady in your life, this Champagne is the way to go. The name comes from its pale pink colour, and the the elegant strawberry flavours are wonderful."

Gerry - Quinta da Bacalhoa Cabernet Sauvignon - £1.99 when you buy 2 bottles

"A big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon such as this deseves the best fillet steak! What a treat!"

Fine Wine Friday - Montes' Purple AngelDate published: 01/02/13

We've chosen Purple Angel by Montes as our Fine wine to taste this month. It's a great example of the brilliant wines that can come from Chile and it reflects all the factors that make Chile the unsung powerhouse of new world wines.

This wine is from the Valle de Colchagua denominacione in the Central Valley area, well known for producing full bodied red wines. Having a Mediterranean style climate with a steady water supply from snowmelt in the Andes; the conditions for grape growing in this area are perfect.

The grapes in this blend are 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot. Carmenere is known as 'the Chilean Variety' as it was thought to be totally wiped out in Bordeaux by the vine pest Phylloxera, however in 1994 it was identified as thriving in Chile. Chile is, and should remain, Phylloxera free. Carmenere also suits Chile as it is late ripening and needs warm, sunny sites to fully ripen and produce delicious black fruit flavours.

Black fruit aromas and flavours are apparent in this wine, with eucalyptus on the nose and flavours of liquorice, black treacle and garrigue herbs.

This wine would be great with slow roast shoulder of lamb with garlic and herbs de Provence. Delicious!

 

Purple Angel by Montes £30

Majestic Wines Press MentionsDate published: 19/01/13

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 1st December Second part of Top 100

2011 Real Compania de Vinos Tempranillo

This is a top-value Tempranillo from the Castilla region of Spain. The grapes are chosen from the best vines and are regularly pumped-over during fermentation in order to extract as much colour and flavour from the grapes as possible. A great wine to have with rich food; the bold plum flavours will stand up well to a meaty dinner! 2011 Portillo Malbec

Packed full of prune and spice flavours, the high-altitude, cool-climate vineyards allow the grapes to ripen more, creating a more complex structure to the wine.

2004 Chateau Griviere The Star Buy

It's often hard to find a good quality claret for under £10, but here we have a fine mature, merlot-based wine from Medoc. Jane MacQuittty particularly likes the “leafy, beefy” flavours that combine with blackcurrant and spice notes. Sunday Herald – Pete Stewart – 25th November

Hidalgo Manzanilla La Gitana

A top-notch dry sherry, with great nutty, salty flavours. For a true taste of Spain, just add smoked almonds and salted anchovies!

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 24th November 1994 Beronia Rioja Reserva

From an exclusive parcel of mature Rioja we recently acquired, this is Victoria Moore's top pick. It is fully-developed, soft and mellow, with the typical leather and tobacco flavours you would expect from a wine that has matured for almost two decades.

The Telegraph – Natasha Hughes – 24th November

2009/10 Domaine Les Yeuses ‘Les Epices’ Syrah

Here is a Syrah from the south of France that is taking on wines from the more-prestigious Crozes-Hermitage region and giving them a good run for their money! At half the price you get classic aromas of plum and pepper, followed by spicy, savoury, licquorice flavours that are soft and velvetty on the tongue.

Team Chesterfield Staff PicksDate published: 18/01/13

This week we've all gone for a wine and snow match...

Tom - Vina Eguia Gran Reserva, 2004, Rioja , £7.99 (when you buy 2 bottles)

I'm a fan of Rioja, and in this weather there's nothing better than a log fire and the toasty, cedar flavours of Vina Eguia's Gran Reserva to warm you up!

Anna - Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay, 2011, Chile £9.99 (when you buy 2 bottles)

A white wine may not be the first thing you think of for winter, but the full-bodied tropical fruits and caramel flavours make this a great choice.

Gerry - Benegas Malbec, 2010, Argentina £13.99 (when you buy 2 bottles)

This is a Malbec to challenge all Malbecs! Deep purple in colour, it is equally as big and bold in flavour, with characteristics of blackberry, treacle and a touch of oak. The perfect partner to steak or a rich beef casserole.

Upcoming wine coursesDate published: 10/01/13

We've scheduled in our first three wine courses of the year, for the 17th January, the 26th February and the 21st March.

The wine course is a fairly intimate affair, with up to 10 attendees instore. In 90 minutes we have a whistle stop tour of the world of wine, usually tasting three red wines, three white wines and a sparkling wine.

You will learn how to taste and talk about wine like a professional, and how to choose the perfect wine for your meal. We will also strive to answer all your wine related questions.

The courses start at 6pm, we think it's a great way to start an evening so get some friends together and book in.

The wine course is free but spaces are limited, so RSVP by popping instore, or call us on 01246556227 ASAP!

Top Fizz Press MentionsDate published: 09/01/13

It seems the nation's wine journalists have been bathing in fizz over the past few weeks! Here's their top choices.

Champagne

The Times - Jane MacQuitty - 22nd December Laurent Perrier Rosé - According to Jane MacQuitty, the Royals favour a rosé for parties and festivities, and this is one of their top picks! Elegant and full of summer berry flavours, this is the perfect celebration champagne. Pol Roger NV – The unique nutty, floral, creamy flavours make this a top fizz.

Daily Record – Brian Elliott - 29th December Canard Duchene Brut NV – Crisp, appley and zesty, Canard Duchene offers sophistication at a mere £15!

The Observer – David Williams – 3oth December Oeil de Perdrix Rosé NV – A Majestic favourite, this offers excellent value for money with redcurrant and berry flavours and a nice crispness too.

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins - 30th December Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV – Lively and elegant, Jacquart offers a lovely lift of marzipan and croissant.

Sparkling Wines

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins - 19th December Daily Mirror – Olly Smith - 20th December Prosecco di Conegliano NV – A favourite for the wine journalists, the fresh lemon and apple notes and softness of bubbles make this a great lighter fizz option.

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett - 29th December Trilogy Cuvée Brut NV – A good sub-£10 champagne-style fizz, it makes all the right noises with rich, toasty flavours and a constant sparkle.

The Scotsman – Rose Murray Brown - 29th December Cloudy Bay Pelorus 2007 – The best New Zealand fizz around, and could give many Champagnes a run for their money too! The vintage status means the wine has extra depth and balance.

Majestic Bargain HuntDate published: 08/01/13

Roll Up Roll Up Ladies and Gentlemen, there's Bargains to be had in Majestic Wines Chesterfield!

Back by popular demand, we're relaunching our Bargain Hunt - 33% off a selection of our wines!!

This is a great chance to snap up some top quality and some unusual styles of wine, at a snip of the price. My favourites include a cool Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, a cracking Corbieres and a tasty Cab/Merlot from Australia.

We'll keep you updated on what's on offer...we may even open a couple to whet your appetite! (check out our online Tasting Counter to see what we're sampling instore).

But be quick...once they're gone, they're gone!

Wine of the week AND Fine Wine Friday - Petaluma CoonawarraDate published: 04/01/13

Lazy? us? No, we think this wine deserves both accolades!

This week our Fine Wine Friday and our Wine of the week are one and the same; the Petaluma Coonawarra. This wine is lofty enough to earn and carry both accolades simultaneously, it's a real 'knock your socks off' Aussie red.

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (31%) and Shiraz (9%), and the grapes benefit from a long, cool growing season and early summer rains in Coonawarra.

It's the colour of sweet ripe black cherries, and these come through on the nose coupled with other rustic dark fruits; like bramble, blackcurrant and blackberries.

These dark fruit aromas translate well into big fruit flavours, coupled with hints of vanilla, clove and cinnamon. The balanced tannins, acidity and depth of flavour make for a superior red.

We have suggested trying these with peppered lamb steaks, but I would play on the wine's spicy notes and enjoy this with a spicy Moroccan lamb tagine with dried apricots and minty cous cous.

Petaluma Coonawarra Red £25

Majestic Party FavouritesDate published: 28/12/12

We're in full swing of the festive season, and here at Majestic wines, we've got some top wines to get any party going!

White

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 - Zesty, fresh and full of goosebaerrry flavours this is the ideal party white.  Only £4.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Pinot Grigio Superiore, Cantina Breganze, 2011 - Soft and light with honeysuckle aromas, Pinot Grigio is always popular at parties. It also works well with seafood. £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles.

Red

Mont St Jean Corbieres 2011 - A juicier, fruitier version of a traditional corbireres, this is a real crowd-pleaser. Subtle herby notes add a perfect balance. nly £4.99 when you but 2 bottles.

Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva, 2006 - Fast becoming a Majestic favourite in Chesterfield, the clever use of oak marries beautifully the cherry flavours with cedar and vanilla spice. £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles.

Fizz

No party is complete without a few bubbles, so how about setting the night off in style with the elegant  Veuve Clicquot Brut at only £30?! For a cheaper rose option , Undurraga Rose is a snip at £5.99, and is reminiscent of strawberries and cream.

Whatever you decide to drink, don't forget we offer FREE delivery on purchases over £40, and have FREE glass and chiller bin hire (deposit required).

Wine of the Week - Taylor's Late Bottled Port 2007Date published: 13/12/12

 

There is something definitively Christmassy about Port. Perhaps it is the way it warms you up on a bitterly cold night, or maybe it is the association of port with a rich Christmas cake and a slice of cheese. Either way, there is something satisfying about enjoying your first glass of port in the winter.

For our wine of the week we have gone for Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port (2007). LBV spends an extended period of time ageing in barrel before being bottled, thus it has more developed flavours, as well as being ready for drinking now.

The intense flavours of dark berries, figs and raisins dance on the palate tremendously, and the smooth finish combined with the long length of flavours make this a great alternative to single quinta vintage port.

Special Offer – Only £9.99!

Fine Wine of the Month - Chateau Larrivet Haut-BrionDate published: 08/12/12

This is a classic Bordeaux from the Pessac-Léognan appellation. Its has benefited from ageing; smoothing out its tannins and letting its complex flavours develop.

This wine is made up of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which ripen well on the hotter gravelly soil of the 'Left Bank' of Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon provides black fruit flavours and tannins, however with age the tannins have softened and secondary flavours have developed.

Aromas of soy and cedar have emerged as a result of the wine's time in oak. On tasting, flavours of black treacle, truffle and just a touch of black cherry and stewed strawberries are apparent. The fruits suggesting this wine has had some aging but also has the potential for more.

This wine is the perfect partner to roast beef and a roaring fire.

ENJOY

G & TDate published: 06/12/12

Martin Miller's Gin was our advent drink of the day yesterday. Made with Icelandic water for clarity, this is a really smooth gin and works really well with our Fever Tree mixers.  

Gin and tonic, with ice and a slice of lemon and/or lime really doesn't need adjusting, but if you feel fancy or just want a change why not try these twists on G&T...

- Corriander in your gin and tonic; call me crazy, but this really works. A few sprigs of fresh corriander alongside you ice and slice works really well in a G&T. The flavour of the corriander somehow balances the tonic and taes the sharpness of it away.

- Gin and bitter lemon, the key to the best gin and bitter lemon is lots of ice and a bitter lemon made with natural lemons.Fever Tree's Lemon Tonic really is second to none; with fresh fruit plup and a really zingy flavour.

- Our manager Tom loves gin and ginger beer. "Trust me" says Tom, "this is a great cocktail, the ginger flavours will make you feel especially Christmassy!"

- If you're not a tonic fan you could always use soda water or lemonade, and if its really cold outside try a warming tot of sloe gin! We've got Gordon's Sloe Gin or a real treat is Sipsmith's Vintage Sloe Gin. Drink these with or without a mixer, if you're an outdoorsy type fill up a hip flask and keep out the cold with an occasional swig of lovely sloe gin!

Mulled Wine Date published: 04/12/12

Mulled wine recipes are varied, and often its just down to personal preference how you make yours, here our some variations...

Mulled wine is a hot and spicy red wine based drink and is great to warm the cockles on a cold winter night. Spices like cloves, ginger cinamon, pepper, nutmeg, and cardamom can all be added to red wine to make this classic drink. 

Some recipies suggest making a spice 'tea' and then adding red wine; others suggest mixing orange zest and cloves with sugar and spice, pouring in red wine and boiling to let the flavours infuse. If this second method sounds like it would bubble away to much of the booze and the flavour of the wine (and it does to us!) then try making a syrup base with sugar and spices orange juice and peel, lemon & lime peel, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaves, nutmeg and vanilla, and then pour in red wine to just cover it all. Dissolve this over a gentle heat then turn up the heat and bring it to a merry boil until it turns to syrup...

 - If this all seems like to much work we stock gourmet mulling syrup, which is essentially this! A bottle costs £5.49 and is great for mulled wine or mulled cider, or mulled apple juice.

...This great flavour base (either from us or home made) can be made up and warmed in advance then its just a case of adding red wine and warming through. This is my favorite recipe for mulled wine. Whats yours?

As for red wines to use in mulling, the better the wine the better the mulled wine, try the Mont St Jean Corbieres. Which is great for those non mulled wine fans too.

Wine of the Week - Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee des AntiquesDate published: 03/12/12

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée des Antiques 2011

'Just the way Chateauneuf du Pape should be, smooth finish, velvety, drinkable on its own and outstanding with beef'

Our wine of the week this week is a classic Chateauneuf du Pape. Made using a blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Shiraz grapes and aged in the famous cellars of Ogier Caves des Papes in the heart of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This wine has a dark ruby hue with complex aromas of spices and hints of pear. With rich black fruit flavours and spicy, peppery tannins. This wine has a smooth and lingering finish. This is a great partner for roast beef. It would also be delicious with any rich, rustic dishes, game and red meat.

£12.49 Single bottle price or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more

Majestic Chesterfield's Advent CalendarDate published: 01/12/12

Who needs a chocolate advent calendar? Come instore any day in advent and we will have an advent suggestion of the day. We will try to mix them up and pick the best from all our stock, from champagne and fine win to beers and cider. Some may even be open to taste, and we will be on hand to suggest food matching, party planning and advice on finding your perfect wines for Christmas.

We will tweet the wine we choose every day and will bring you a round up of the week's wines and why we have chosen them. Today's is La Rougerie Bordeaux, it's recommended in The Times today and is £5.99 when you buy 2 bottles or more.

Keep checking our twitter for the new advent wine of the day.

 

Majestic Chesterfield celebrating our first birthdayDate published: 17/11/12

What a year it's been in the life of our store in Chesterfield.

Since we opened in November 2011 we have made countless deliveries; held a number of tastings, tasted a huge range of different wines and had a great time establishing Majestic in Chesterfield.  

Our delivery area covers a swoosh across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and we deliver for large and small orders (-right down to 6 bottles). From weddings and big dos to smaller dinner parties and family occasions we have helped many events run smoothly. With our free glass hire and our specialist party planning we do all we can to get the drinks at your party just right.

We have also held a number of tastings; from the more formal Wine Course, to the Wine Walk and the Customer Invite Tasting. These are friendly informative events and we try to cater for a variety of  tastes. 

We have such a  wide range of wines in the store, its almost mind boggling! We know everyone has their favorites but we love to explore the world of wine with our customers and try new things all the time on our tasting counter. With our Wine of the Week, Fine Wine Friday and weeks when we feature wines from different regions, we hope to expand our customers'  favorites and give them the opportunity to try wines they might not usually try.      

The team here is ever changing, Karl, Anna, Jen, Harriet, Tom and Gerry have all contributed to the store's success. The current team are Tom, Anna and Gerry and the other ex-Chesterfield-team have moved onto bigger stores.   

Not bad for what was once a car garage forecourt! Come down this weekend and celebrate with us, with a glass of  prossecco, some chocolate cake, some cheese and a myriad of differend wines open on the tasting counter.

Celebrations abound!Date published: 14/11/12

We are celebrating the first anniversary of the store's opening this weekend. It has put us in mind of celebrations and parties, and the best drinks to drink at such occasions. Here's a selection of 5 super celebration drinks - great for any occasion!

1. Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV; celebration and champagne go hand in hand, we've got this classic champagne on offer at £35 a bottle. To make a Kir Royale you could add Creme de cassis from £9. (if the thought of adulterating champgne makes you shudder, we've got some great sparkling wines which would work *almost* as well).

2. How about a cocktail? Martin Miller's Gin is super smooth and would be great in a Gin Fizz or a Dirty Martini. Our choice of sloe gins would bring some fruit into the mix too, try sloe gin in your G&T for a great fruity alternative.

3. For a zingy, refreshing party white wine, try our San Marco Frascati. It is light and, as the name suggests, refreshing, with delicious fruity flavors.

4. The more sedate celebrations might benefit from a tot of port, we love the Taylors 10 year old Tawny port. Great as an after dinner drink or with the cheeseboard. 

5.  The right red wine at dinner parties can be crucial to it's degree of success, we would reccomend the Marquis Belleville. Team with Beef Wellington for a tip top winter dinner party.

6. If all these haven't made you consider geting your party frocks or DJs out then maybe you'd prefer a cider. Something special for celebrations is the Aspall Cyder Premier Cru (availaible in the mixed case). Serve super chilled.

Cheers!

Wine of the Week - McManis Family Vineyards Viognier, 2011Date published: 11/11/12

McManis Family Vineyards Viognier, 2011

It's always interesting to try unusual wines from different pockets of the world. Here we have a viognier which is usually found lurking in Southern Rhône blends, settling nicely into the Californian soils between the Stanislaus and San Joaquin rivers.

Aromas of honeysuckle, passionfruit with a delicate floral tinge lead nicely on to complex flavours of grapefruit, peach and honeydew melon. A bold, flavoursome wine, the majority of the grapes comes from McManis's own estate vineyard.

The citrus twist and lingering minerality give the wine a great, refreshing balance and would be paired excellently with spicy squid, monkfish or roast chicken.

20% off Californian wines when you buy any 2 = £8.79 Single bottle price = £10.99

Gerry's first month at MajesticDate published: 10/11/12

Do you remember you first visit to a Majestic store? The choice of wine on offer is quite staggering. As a new recruit I felt the pressure; to learn about and understand all these wines, a prospect so daunting it managed to quiet even a chatterbox like me.

'Don't panic, don't be daunted' rang the call from Tom and Anna, they were (and still are) brilliant. With the wines open on the tasting counter and a little of my own experience I started to put some product knowledge together. Fine wine Friday soon came around and we opened the Masi Amarone, this wine had a complexity of flavor that I had never tasted before. Other wines like the Barrista showed how different grape varieties, refined grape growing techniques and wine production methods can hugely vary the flavour and style of wines.

On going to training at Majectic HQ I met more new starters, who, like me had started to accru wine knowledge. University-esque presentations were required, Tomas from Chichester, James from Carlisle and I put our heads together and gave a stunning presentation on Sherry. More tasting that day, including tasting some of Majestic's biggest sellers like The Ned, gave me more to think and enthuse about.  

I'm still a long way away from understanding and tasting (and in some cases finding) all the wines in our store, but i'm excited to try them all. I greatly enjoyed our Customer Invite Tasting on Wednesday, sharing some of the knowledge I'd gained and learning about what the customers liked about the wine we had open to taste.  

Manager's Choice Christmas Bargains!Date published: 31/10/12

We have amazing deals on really good quality wines for Christmas. My top Picks include:-

WHITE

Pasqua, Pinot Grigio, Italy - £4.99

Luis Felipe Edwards, Viognier, Chile - £5.99

The Ned, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - £6.99

Macon - Lugny 2011, Domaine des Terres Gentilles, France - £7.99

RED

Chataeu Mont Milan, Corbieres, France - £4.99

Rioja Reserva, Vina Eguia 2006, Spain - £5.99

Peter Lehmann, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Australia - £7.99

Jim barry, Lodge Hill, Shiraz, Australia - £9.99

All prices are valid when you purchase two bottles as part of a mixed case.

 

Wine of the Week - Vinalba Reserva Cabernet, Malbec, Petit Verdot 2010Date published: 27/10/12

Viñalba are famous for producing full-bodied, intense flavoured wines, and this is no different. It is an interesting blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot, so the wine puts an Argentinian slant on the traditional Bordeaux style.

The result is a robust, well-structured wine, with flavours of bramble and black cherry. On the nose there are distinct aromas of liquorice and cassis. The added complexity comes from the ageing process which involves ageing 60% of the wine in oak barrels before blending it with the remaining unoaked 40%.

The winemakers suggest matching the wine with juicy lamb, but it can be savoured equally well without food!

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 27/10/12

Hasn't it gone cold all of a sudden! I'm definitely going to have to break open my emergency stash of reds to get me through the next few months! Top of the list is a Grenache from one of the hottest wine-producing regions - Barossa in Australia. The rich, intense savoury flavours and well-balanced structure make it a great match to a hearty beef stew and dumplings eaten next to a log fire.

Wine of the Week - Rosso Piceno, 2010 Conte SaladinoDate published: 17/10/12

Italian wines can be very confusing. With over 850 grapes grown in Italy, it is often hard to decipher from the label what is the grape, who the producer is and where the wine actually comes from. Often it is just a case of picking a bottle and hoping for the best!

I've picked Conte Salandino's Rosso Piceno (Conte Salandino being the estate, Rosso Piceno being the area in central eastern Italy where the grapes are grown) because if you're looking to explore Italian wines this is a great place to start.

The wine is a blend of the grapes Sangiovese (90%) and Montepulciano (10%), which produce a style of the wine is soft, and not too heavy on the tongue. The flavours that leap out are cherries, tobacco and sweet spice.

Most Italian wines are made with food in mind, and this is no exception. It is well suited to meaty pasta dishes, or antipasti.

£8.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £6.99

Anna in NyetimberlandDate published: 12/10/12

This week I was lucky enough to visit the Nyetimber estate for an educational visit around the vineyards.

Set in beautiful, historic vineyards in Pullborough, West Sussex (the estate was mentioned in the Doomsday Book), Nyetimber are renouned for producing premium English Sparkling Wine, which is good enough to rival many Champagne houses across the water!

After a hearty lunch, the day started with us pulling on our wellies and taking a tour around one of the 6 vineyards owned by Nyetimber. It was fascinating to see the ripening Chardonnay grapes that will be picked in the next few weeks, and learn about the techniques they use to monitor the grapes and vineyards. It was also interesting to hear about how they reduce the need for pesticides by inviting a flock of local sheep to mow the grass and eat any weeds!

We returned to the tasting room, which had a beautiful view of the recently renovated house that once belonged to Anne of Cleves, and worked our way through a varied selection of Nyetimber's Sparkling wines. It was great to try some of the rarer cuvées (in particular the 1996 Blanc de Blancs, and to satisfy my sweeter tooth, the Demi-Sec), but I really enjoyed the 2007 rosé, which apart from looking elegant in the flute, had delicious flavours of redcurrant, strawberries and cream.

We finished the afternoon with a quiz and watched the Ealing store's homage to Nyetimber (in rap form!).

All in all it was an exciting day, and a big thank you to all at Nyetimber who made the trip thoroughly enjoyable!

Chatsworth Road Festival 2012Date published: 04/10/12

The Chatsworth Road Festival starts on Saturday and Majestic Chesterifeld are very proud to be part of it. 

On Saturday and Sunday we are offering the chance for people to taste the world in wine, we will be featuring a selection of wine from traditional wine growing regions as well as wines from countries that you might not expect! We will suggest food matches and be on hand to answer any wine related questions.

The festival celebrates the characacter and individualty of this corner of Chesterfield, showcasing every aspect of the community here.

From Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 14th October both businesses and community groups are running various events. Our favourite events include...

The Cycle in Style Ride - in which participants are encouraged to 'dust off their classic bikes and plus fours' and cycle down the safer side roads looking as sharp as possible. 

Tropical Rainforest Day at Chatsworth Beauty Therapies - possibly the most intriguingly named event, I didn't know they had beauty therapy in the Amazon?! Certainly worth a look!!

Name the Fish Competition - Guess the name of the fish at Lambarelli's in Piazza and the winner will get a free pizza. 

Other events include a Walk taking in the green spaces in the area, free music lessons, food tasting and much more.

For more information about the festival visit www.chatsworthroadfestival.wordpress.com or follow on twitter @chatsrdfestival

Amarone Classico Costasera - our fine wine for Fine Wine FridayDate published: 03/10/12

We have a delicious fine wine this month, which will be opened on the tasting counter this Friday as it's Fine Wine Friday once again.

The Amarone Classico Costasera has been made by Masi, a vineyard run by the Boscani family for the past six generations. They really know their stuff! Their wine producing methods are rooted in tradition and represent classic Venetian styles. 

The Amarone is produced by drying the grapes on bamboo racks throughout the winter, followed by an 80 day fermentation period in steel vats and Slavonian oak barrels. This process gives the wine complexity and makes for a very full bodied wine.

We recomend this wine with game, mature cheese or as a digestif.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in style!Date published: 03/10/12

We've got some great beers in stock, so if you're celebrating everything German this month may we recommend these...

- Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier... imported from Munich this was brewed with Oktoberfest in mind, it's sure to get the party started!

- Paulaner Bavarian Wheat beer...  a lighter alternative to the Oktoberfest beer.

- Paulaner original... represents the best value of the three but isn't quite so potent.

....not a beer fan but still want to rock out in your laderhosen and drink something German? Try our Ayler Kupp Riesling Kabinett, delicious!

Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009, MarlboroughDate published: 30/09/12

After our successful Pinot Noir Masterclass tastings, this wine in particular stood out for both myself and our customers.

The intensity of the red berry and nutmeg flavours (due to the innovative 'cold soak' process that is applied to the must) and the fine balance between tannin and acidity give the wine a soft, fruity taste.

The balance of the wine comes from the clever blend of grapes from a number of top vineyards.

It is a medium-bodied wine, meaning it is great to drink with white meats such as roast turkey or duck, but is equally capable of being quaffed by itself.

Villa Maria are known as one of the pioneers of winemaking in New Zealand, having been the first to bottle cork-free wine in New Zealand.

£14.99 or buy 2 save £4 = £12.49
 

Wine writers love our wines - we do too!Date published: 28/09/12

Oz Clarke's Top 250 wines for 2013 - Vinalba Malbec Reserva 2010, Mendoza

We have to agree with Oz that this is a cracking wine for under £12. Deep purple in colour, velvety in the mouth and with flavours of plum, cassis and black pepper, this Malbec is crying out for a juicy steak.


Www.timatkin.com Tim Atkin – Parcel Series Riesling 2006

We're lucky enough to have secured this top Eden Valley Riesling for a snip of the price (£6.99). It has received 92 Parker Points, and it's not hard to see why – the complexity and length added to the zesty lime flavours make this an excellent quality wine.


The Sunday Express Jamie Goode – Alain Grignon Carignan 2011

This Carignan breaks the stereotype of being a cheap, watery wine. Here, the older vines are used which gives extra complexity to the berry and spice flavours. It would be an ideal match to tomato-based dishes.

The Telegraph Susy Atkins – Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2009

The Bordeaux-style five grape blend from South Africa produces a wine with bags of flavour on many levels. Mulberries, cassis and cloves are prevelant; this would work well with a rich beef stew.

The Times Jane MacQuitty – St Clair Pioneer's Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011

This rich, gooseberry, white-currant Sauvignon Blanc is wonderfully refreshing and is up with the top Sancerres.
 

Amazing Deals!Date published: 26/09/12

We've got some French classics at bargain prices! 

Macon-Lugny Louis Latour is only £7.99* and Cotes du Rhone Belleruche, Chapoutier only £6.99!*

If  you're a bubbles fan how about Green Point at only £9.99? If you prefer Champagne we've got NicholasFeuillatte at only £15!

 

Find out more about the wines at www.majestic.co.uk, or pop instore and we'll be happy to help.

Don't miss out!

 

*when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.

Wine of the Week - Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011 MarlboroughDate published: 21/09/12

Saint Clair Estate is owned by viticulture pioneers, Neal and Judy Ibbotson, who planted grapes in Marlborough in 1978.

Pioneers Block, Bells Block is made from a small parcel of outstanding fruit identified by the wine maker as expressing special flavours derived from the unique terrior.

The vineyard owned by Peter and Kath Campbell is located east of the town of Blenheim close to the sea. It has a cooler climate and longer growing seasons then most of Marlborough's vineyards and is situated on fertile, free-draining alluvial soils of the lower Wairau Valley flood plain.

This special wine has powerful herbaceous flavours of sliced green capsicum and gooseberry. Hints of blackcurrant and passion fruit lend to overall complexity and fullness on the palate.

Enjoy with fresh seafood, vegetarian cuisine and a fresh salad.

£13.99

When you buy two bottles, saving £7

Wine of the week - L'instant Truffier Malbec 2001Date published: 20/09/12

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing malbec.

One of the premier producers of Cahors, the Rigal family have extended their operation to include vineyards throughout the Lot Valley. The region has many alluvial terraces that are free draining and have great sun exposure, and are perfect for growing malbec.

£7.99

BUY 2 SAVE £2.00

£6.99 per bottle

MANAGER'S CHOICE - STAG'S LEAP CHARDONNAY, NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIADate published: 20/09/12

This complex, elegant Chardonnay is a true gem of a wine and is one of my favourite white wines. Around 70% barrel fermented, with 30% in new French oak maturation for 9 months.

On the nose it has notes of orange blossom, fresh apples and toasted brioche. To taste the wine provides a rich butter texture combined with delicate spice which is elegant and refreshing.

This wine will be open to try on the 20th and 21st of September.

Focus On - CVNEDate published: 12/09/12

Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) or The Northern Spanish Wine Company is one of the oldest winemakers in Spain. Founded in 1879 by 2 brothers Raimundo and Eusebio Real de Asúa, CVNE is still controlled by direct descendants of these two.

The philosophy of the winery is to blend tradition and technology in order to produce new possibilities for the of wine, whilst

This innovative approach to winemaking can be traced back to the end of the 19th Century when they were the first winemaker in Spain to acquire a pasteuriser. More recent developments include being the first winemakers in Spain to install concrete fermentation vats (meaning that the wine retains a freshness and purity, as opposed to fermenting in oak, which imparts several different characteristics on the wine), as well as in the 1980s launching their state-of-the-art vinification plant (El Pilar), which uses gravity to draw off grape juice.

They even have a cellar designed by Gustave Eiffel (of Tower fame!) - the innovative design gives extra support and protection to the barrels contained in it.

We currently stock a number of their wines, which vary greatly in style. Here are a few of our picks:

Starting with the CUNE Range, much care and attention is taken to ensure that the wines are sufficiently aged so that they are ready for drinking when released. The youngest red, Crianza (£6.99), will spend at least 12 months in the barrel, and has strong red cherry flavours, with the slightest hint of vanilla.


It was in the 1920s when the first Viña Real was produced, using grapes from the Rioja Alavesa vineyards. The aim of these wines is that they are more suited for long- term ageing in bottle. The Gran Reserva (£17.59) displays a plummier, rounded style, with an excellent complexity and a wonderful smoothness.

Viña Real also produce an interesting white (£7.59) made predominantly from Viura. It spends 15-20 days in American oak barrels, which gives it a soft, biscuity character. Works well with chicken or paella.


The 1920s also saw the launch of the premium Imperial wines – thus called because they were produced specifically for the UK market in Imperial Pint bottles! My pick is the Reserva (£16.99), which is made from the best hand-picked grapes from Rioja Alta, and spends 30 months ageing in barrel, and a further 12 in bottle. The predominant flavours are deep, black fruit with toasted cedar flavours.
 

Don't forget to mix and match any 2 Spanish wines to get the 20% discount!

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 12/09/12

Our Saturday Chardonnay Masterclasses went down really well this weekend - both with the staff and the customers! It was a great opportunity to see how versatile the Chardonnay grape can be - from the crisp, green apple flavours of Cave de Lugny's Bourgogne «Les Chenaudières» to the soft, subtle vanilla characteristics of DMZ Chardonnay, whilst Cloudy Bay Chardonnay was sublime!

My favourite however, was the new Viñalba Reserva Chardonnay. The smooth, rich complexity combines well with the tropical and tangerine notes, and at £8.99* I think this represents excellent value for money! It went down well with our customers too!

 

Keep an eye out for our other Masterclass events running throughout September... especially if you like Spain, Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir!

 

*when you buy at least 2 bottles as part of a mixed case.

Wine of the Week - Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010/2011Date published: 10/09/12

Portugal is a land of contrasts, from the undulating plains of Alentejo in the south through the granite mountains of the Dão and the picturesque Douro valley, to the pleasant green land of Vinho Verde in the far North. Sogrape strongly believe in indigenous grape varieties, and find the best results come from blends rather than single varietals. The Callabriga regional range continues to make an impact with award-winning Dao, Douro and Alentejo wines, while Quinta de Azevedo is the leading premium brand of Vinho Verde in the UK.

The hand-picked grapes are de-stalked, gently crushed and pressed, before fermenting under controlled temperature in stainless steel vats.

This is a bone dry wine, lemony & fragrant with a crisp, refreshing, concentrated flavour and an invigorating spritz. Low alcohol makes it an ideal lunchtime wine.

This would go lovely with a lovely pasta and salad dish.

If you like a white wine spritzer you will like this wine!

£4.99

*when you buy any two Portuguese wines
 

FINE WINE FRIDAY - RIOJA, VINA REAL 2001 GRAN RESERVADate published: 05/09/12

This Friday the 7th of September we will be opening a true Rioja classic.

Come in over the weekend and give her a try.

Perfect partner to roast lamb :)

Wine of the Week - Torre Aldea Rioja Grand ReservaDate published: 04/09/12

Rioja Gran Reserva 'Torre Aldea' 2005 Viñedos de Aldeanueva


Rioja located south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river, benefits from a continental climate. The mountains help to isolate the region which has a moderating effect on the climate. They also protect the vineyards from the fierce winds that are typical of northern Spain. The soil here is clay based with a high concentration of chalk and iron. There is also significant concentration of limestone, sandstone and alluvial silt.

This wine ha a lovely, clean, fresh example, with lovely strawberry fruit of 'real' Rioja, deep ruby with terracotta reflections, aromas of raisins, vanilla, leather and chocolate leap from the glass.

We suggest you try this lovely Rioja with lamb kebabs marinated in paprika and served with aioli.

£8.99 when you buy any two Spanish wines

20% off Spain

Recent Press MentionsDate published: 31/08/12


The Independent – Terry Kirby – 26th August
2011 Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc

From the estate of Alain Grignon comes this cracking party wine. Lively, zesty and packed full of tropical fruit, this Southern French Sauvignon Blanc is best served well-chilled. OPEN TO TRY THIS WEEK!

 

The Scotsman – Brian Elliott – 26th August
2011 Monte Vallon Chardonnay

A perfect balance of peach and pineapple flavours and smooth, creamy oak ageing, with the merest hint of acaidity to balance the wine. This chardonnay is crying out for a cheese board comprising of creamy brie and goats' cheese.


2009 Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah

Savoury and rich, the wine works well with the week's lasagne recipe.

 

The Observer – David Williams – 26th August
2009 Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah

David Williams describes Villa Maria as a “reliable” producer; however don't be fooled into thinking that this means they produce “dull” wines. In the Syrah, the wine takes inspiration from the peppery, supple style of northern Rhône, and is versatile enough to work with rich beef dishes or game.

 

The Daily Mail – Matthew Jukes – 25th August
2010 Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

Wine of the Week

Amazing layers of deep, rich plum, red fruit and spice with enough bite to allow it to age for a few years. Excellent value, and one of Matthew Jukes' top 100 Australian wines of the year!

 

The Observer – David Williams – 19th August
2010 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley

Viognier is a grape that is growing in confidence and popularity with its unusual peachy, waxy complexity. It is Yalumba's flagship varietal – here they barrel ferment the grapes to give them a wonderful honeysuckle flavour and added complexity.

 

The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 19th August
2011 Paul Mas ‘Valmont’ Grenache Blanc

Fresh, fruity and full of lush tangerine flavours, this unusual grape (Grenache Blanc) is Made from the grenache blanc grape, this fine, fresh white is a real delight with cooked seafood. OPEN TO TRY THIS WEEK!

Wine of the Week Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc Date published: 25/08/12

Brancott's original vineyard in Malborough and inspiration from the name 'Montana' meaning mountain, with its special combination of soil, sun and climate is where they first pioneered New Zealands most internationally-acclaimed varietal Malborough Sauvignon Blanc back in 1973.
This wine is crafted with minimum intervention to be the purest expressive of the unique flavour characteristics of the sauvignon grape.

This wine is pale straw in colour with green highlights. Aromas of rock melon, lemon grass and ripe gooseberry dominate with top notes of tropical grapefruit. This wine is well balanced with a crisp, expressive acidity associated with the typical New Zealand Sauvignon style.


This wine is wine of the week as it is at outstanding value at £5.99. This offer unfortunately ends soon.


£5.99 *

*when you buy any two New Zealand wines, offer ends 3rd September!

Offers Ending Soon!!! Date published: 23/08/12

Offers Ending Soon
As we are drawing closer to the end of Summer, this unfortunately means that some of Majestics amazing offers will also be ending.
20% off New Zealand, Italy, Australia, Beaujolais and Chile.

Most Popular offers at Majestic Chesterfield are:


New Zealand
The Ned Black Label Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £6.99
Fairleigh Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £5.99
Riverlands Run Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £4.99
Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £6.99
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough £7.99
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Montana, Marlborough £5.99


Italy
Casa dei Gretti Pinot Grigio 2010/2011 Sartori £5.59
Pinot Grigio Superiore 2011 Cantina Breganze £5.99
Pinot Grigio Pavia 2011 Pasqua £6.99
Gavi La Lancellotta 2011 £6.99
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Grifone £4.99
Mandrielle Sangiovese 2010 Banfi £5.99
Morellino di Scansano 2010/2011 Poggioargentiera £8.99
Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2009 Ripasso La Casetta £12.79
Gavi di Gavi 2011 La Toledana £7.99

Australia
Aspen Estate Shiraz 2011 South Eastern Australia £4.99
Aspen Estate Pinot Grigio 2011 South Eastern Australia £4.99
St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2011 Barossa Valley £4.99
McGuigan Signature Shiraz 2010 Langhorne Creek £9.99
2 Up Shiraz 2010/2011 Kangarilla Road £7.99
Peter Lehmann Shiraz 2009 Barossa Valley £8.39
The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2010 Jim Barry, Clare Valley £9.99

Beaujolais
Beaujolais-Villages 2011 Georges Duboeuf £5.99
Fleurie Flower Label 2010 Georges Duboeuf £8.79
Brouilly 2011 Domaine des Maison Neuves £8.79
Morgon 2010/2011 Château de Pizay £7.99
Beaujolais Lantignié 2010/2011 Louis Jadot £7.99
Beaujolais Villages 2009/2010 Château de la Terrière £7.99

Chile
Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2011 Rapel Valley £5.99
Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Merlot 2011 Central Valley £4.99
Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Central Valley £5.99
Santa Rita 120 Carmenère 2011 Rapel Valley £5.99
Santa Rita 120 Viognier 2011 Maipo Valley £5.99
Yali Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Carmenère 2011 Colchagua Valley £5.99
Luis Felipe Edwards Signature Series Syrah Reserva 2010 Central Valley £6.39
Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2010/2011 Casablanca Valley £7.99
Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Chardonnay 2011 Central Valley £4.99

If you are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic offer before the offer end, please do not hesitate to contact us either by telephone, email or pop in-store! And remember we offer free next day delivery with a minimum purchase of 6 bottles (£40 spend required).

Wine of the Week - Vinha do Monte 2010 Alentejano TintoDate published: 19/08/12

Vinha do Monte 2010 Alentejano Tinto

Alentejano, the southern third of the country is one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe. Even in winter, this is a land of sun, rainfall is low. Temperatures are so routinely high that picking starts in the third week in August. This wine comes from the Herdade do Peso Estate, which conveniently has its own dam which provides the much need irrigation for the land.
With its traditional Portuguese blend of Alicante Bouchet, Aragones, Alfrocheiro, Syrah or Shiraz, Trincadeira, this wine offers a floral notes on the nose with hints of plum and mulberry fruits.
Fresh yet warm on the palate with a white pepper finish.

This wine would go great with any hot and spicy grilled meats.

This wine is wine of the week as we are in the third week of August so the 2012 harvest will just be starting!

£6.99 when you buy two bottles. Saving £3

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 14/08/12

Domaine Sainte Rose "Le Vent du Nord" Roussanne Chardonnay, 2010, PGI Pays d'Oc

As you may be aware, I'm a bit of a Sud de France fan, and I will take any opportunity to promote the extraordinary selection that comes from this little pocket of France! In "Le Vent du Nord" we have an intriguing blend of Chardonnay and Roussanne (a grape most commonly used in white Rhône blends). Roussanne brings attractive flavours of stone fruit and honeysuckle to the wine, with Chardonnay adding a splash of  caramel and a smooth, creamy finish.

"Le Vent du Nord" is substantial enough to be partnered with Asian dishes, but it is also very nice by itself.

£7.99 or buy 2 save £2 = £6.99

Wine of the Week - Beaujolais-Villages Georges DuBoeufDate published: 13/08/12


Sometimes on a warm, summer evening I'm in the mood for a nice glass of red wine, but the thought of a meaty, heavy wine often puts me off. In Beaujolais, however I have found a style of red capable of quenching my thirst in the summer sun, which is a nice change from my default choice of Provence rosé!

Light, refreshing and packed full of juicy strawberry and raspberry flavours, Beaujolais-Villages Georges DuBoeuf has a light and soft mouth-feel, without any drying sensation. This is the perfect summer red, or a nice introduction to reds for those who usually stick to white wine. Also, the 12.5% abv isn't likely to cause too much of a hangover!

Serve slightly chilled, it is a nice accompaniment to meaty fish or cold meats.

Like this?

Try Beaujolais-Villages Domaine des Nugues 2009/2010 for an added hint of spice.

Try Fleurie Flower Label Georges Duboeuf 2010 for a bit of extra body, and more intense fruit flavours.

Don't forget – 20% off Wines of Beaujolais when you buy any 2!

New Wines in Store!!!!Date published: 10/08/12

Some things sparkling

Codorníu Brut NV  £6.99
From the Penedès region in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. This Cava has been produced with the expertise of Codorníu, whose wine producing story dates back to the 16th century. A dry light bodied Cava displaying green apple, citrus, almond and brioche characters. This easy drinking Cava is great on its own or as an accompaniment to seafood or light salads.
Codorníu Rosado NV £7.99*
Codorníu are one of the oldest wine producers in Spain and also one of the pioneers of Cava. Monastrell is the red grape which adds colour to this rosé. Light and pure, with citrus fruit and hints of strawberry and raspberry fruit, this wine is light and refreshing on the palate with a clean and refreshing finish. Enjoy with tomato salads, seafood or by itself as a summer sparkling wine.

Summer Whites

Esprit Soleil Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Pays d'Oc £4.99
This cuvee was made from traditional French varietals, which produce fresh and very aromatic white wines. Cool nights and warm sunny days help to obtain these beautiful aromas. An astonishing nose with tropical fruit aromas followed by notes of peach. Intense flavours are held together in the mouth by a zesty refreshing acidity. Serve very cold alongside all manner of seafood dishes.
Gavi Montiero 2011 £6.99*
The town of Gavi lies in the far south of Piedmont, by the border with Liguria, and is home to some of the earliest plantings of the Cortese grape. The success of Cortese in this area is no doubt due to its natural affinity with the fresh seafood of the Ligurian coast. A pale golden colour, with characteristic aromas of lime zest and grapefruit, along with subtle hints of fresh fennel. Bone dry and with moderate acidity, it offers a clean and refreshing finish. To appreciate this wine fully, drink with any fresh white fish, served simply with herb butter.

Delicious Reds

Vinha do Monte 2010 Alentejano Tinto £6.99*
Alentejo in southern Portugal is one of the hottest and most arid wine regions in Europe. This wine comes from the Herdade do Peso estate, which has its own dam which provides much-needed water for vineyard irrigation. This traditionally Portuguese blend offers a floral bouquet, with a backdrop of plum and mulberry fruit. Ripe and warm on the palate, with lingering white pepper and jasmine tea flavours on the finish. Drink with enchidos, chorizo, or any hot and spicy grilled meats.

Château Teyssier 2007 Puisseguin-St-Emilion £9.99
Puisseguin is a village situated around 10km from St-Emilion, with its own 'satellite appellation', having a very similar soil type and wine style to that of St-Emilion itself. The 15th century Château Teyssier is one of this region's premier producers. An intense garnet hue. The nose has a vibrant and youthful profile, revealing a generous helping of ripe red fruits. Supple and fresh on the palate, with silky tannins and a round feel. An easy-drinking claret, at its best over the next 2-3 years.

* Subject to buying two bottles on the discount offer

Refreshingly Good Value - Wines Under £5!!!!Date published: 05/08/12

Wines Under £5!!
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 Grifone
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, not to be confused with the Tuscan village of the same name, is made from the Montepulciano grape variety from the Abruzzi region. This is the signature wine from the area, with coastal plantings at the foot of the Apennines mountains.
Whilst standards in this region can vary, this is a reliable, medium-bodied wine with lots of red cherry fruit and soft supple tannins.
The ripeness of the fruit and the soft tannic structure make this the perfect party wine or for drinking with light pork dishes.
£4.99 When you buy two Italian wines - 20% off!!

Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011 Albinoni
Garganega is the most important variety of white wine grape grown in the provinces of Verona and Vicenza in the Veneto region. Pinot Grigio is grown in the same area where the climate is influenced by the Alps.
Light in colour, refreshing, and crisp and with aromas of limes, grapefruits and lemons making this well balanced wine very easy to drink
The perfect party wine.
£4.89

Château Mont Milan 2010 Corbières
A classic southern French blend with all the hallmarks of a more prestigious appellation.
Full and rounded on the palate it is a wine with remarkable finesse for its very modest price tag.
Enjoy this wine now to fully appreciate the spiciness and roundness, and match to a spicy dish like pork and chorizo.
£4.99 When you buy two bottles saving £2

Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Chardonnay 2011 Central Valley
Luis Felipe Edwards's estate includes some of the highest altitude sites in the Colchagua, Maule and Leyda valleys, providing them with a sound base for creating crisp white wines. This is a fruit-focused Chardonnay enhanced by brief ageing on its lees rather than oak.
Fresh and clean, with the typical apple and citrus fruit giving way to a softer, peachier, almost tropical flavour. Refreshing and easy to drink, with a soft-edged acidic lift
A great all-rounder and party white. Partners well with chicken, but just as good to drink on its own.
£4.99 When you buy two Chilean wines – 20% off

La Serrana Rosé 2010/2011 D.O Cariñena
This Majestic favourite comes from a province north-west of Zaragoza that enjoys an excellent climate for viticulture. A short maceration gives a light, delicate and easy-drinking style.
An intense pink wine with plenty of juicy berry fruit. Strawberry and raspberry flavours are complemented by a creamy texture and crisp, refreshing acidity.
A perfect summertime apéritif!
£4.89

Wine of the Week - Gestos Shiraz 2009Date published: 03/08/12

Mendoza, The World Wine Capital, is the main wine making province of Argentina, producing more than 80% of domestic wine, and has more than 395,000 acres of vineyards. It is undoubtedly a center of reference for the wine industry in Argentina and South America.

This red is intense in colour; crimson with violet hints. On nose is full of ripe red fruits, accented with hints of clove. Providing a rich spicy red on the palate bursting with blackberry and pepper flavours.

This red would go great with some red meat cooked on the BBQ!

Recently recommended in The Times (28th July) in Jane MacQuitty's top 100 wines!!

It would be hard to beat this wine to wine of the week this week!

On Offer at £5.99

Fine Wine Friday - Peregine Pinot Gris 2011Date published: 01/08/12

Peregrine is a modern winery located in Gibbston, Central Otago. This Pinot Gris comes from Otago's Cromwell Basin sub-region, and is a great example of the intense varietal character produced by the warm days and cool nights typical of this region.

Central Otago has avoided participating in the low-price, bulk wine market where competition is intense and margins are low. The Central Otago Winegrowers Association believes that "for the industry to succeed and grow, a strategy aimed at keeping quality standards at the highest possible level, and aiming at the top end of the market, is the only sustainable course of action for the industry to follow."

Peregrine is a boutique, artisan producer of a premium range of wines. Peregrine has gained a reputation both domestically and internationally as one of New Zealand's iconic wine brands.

The wines of Central Otago have a purity, intensity and vibrancy reflective of the region’s terroir and pure mountain air. This wine is overflowing with ripe pear, peach, mango and grapefruit notes on nose and palate. Full textured and mouth-filling, with a hint of fruit sweetness and a firm minerality.

This wine would go perfectly with a chicken dish.

£17.59 (when you buy any 2 NZ wines)!!

Harriet's Staff Pick ...Date published: 26/07/12

Rioja 'Single Vineyard' 2010, Ramon Bilbao

My staff choice has to be this lovely Spanish Rioja which is a blend of Grenache and Tempranillo grapes. Bodegas Ramon Bilbao is situated in a great location Haro, in Rioja Alta the paradise where Rioja's emblematic grape Tempranillo grows best, on vines with an average age of 40 years.

I visited some friends last week and knew they liked a glass (or two) or red, so thought I'd take this medium bodied red to try. It is a soft red, ruby in colour, and bursting with red cherry and blackcurrant flavors. I only took the one bottle and it didn't seem to last very long and everyone loved it!

This fruity red would go great with a good red meat dish or cheese.

Jane MacQuitty's Top 100 Summer White WinesDate published: 21/07/12

2011 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc
Squeaky clean and proud of it, this stainless steel fermented and aged
sauvignon is the wine to serve to Loire devotees who feel New World
sauvignon somehow fails to hit the spot. Named in honour of the 120
soldiers who hid in Santa Rita's cellars during Chile's war for
independence, this grassy, punchy, 13.5 per cent alcohol, lime and green
pepper-scented sauvignon is the wine to serve at all those mixed buffet
summer parties.

2011 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc
Star Buy - Best Value
This bowled me over with its mouthwatering blast of zesty, verdant, nettle,
grass cuttings and flowering currant pisazz. All that, and closing on the
zingy, tropical fruit note that has made Marlborough sauvignon so famous,
effortlessly put Giesen ahead of the pack. Made with grapes from 32 plots
in the Wairau valley, Giesen is just the job served with asparagus, or an
Asian-spiced salad.

2011 Wither Hills Chardonnay
Star Buy - Best Buy
Anyone tasting this 14 per cent alcohol Kiwi chardonnay will wonder why
they bother with white burgundy - it made mincemeat of most of the sub-£8
white burgundies it was lined up with. It oozes spiced baked apple and
cinnamon flavours. With a fine, nutty, toasty, oak-derived finish, it was
impossible to fault.

2009 Les Princes Abbes Riesling Schlumberger
Unthinkable to go through the summer without a fine Alsace white to savour
alongside those powerfully flavoured summer dishes. If you have
stomach-space for just one, make it this racy riesling. Schlumberger differ
from other Alsace producers in that every wine it produces comes from
grapes grown in its own vineyards. Such quality control has paid off and
this mouthwatering riesling oozes bold, vibrant, thrillingly complex musk
peach, lime and floral fruit.

2008 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St-Jean
The Gagnard family work together, which helps to explain why this premier
cru is so good. From the northern end of the appellation, this swanky
premier cru has lots of delicious, ripe, toasty, smoky, steely, again
heavily oak-spiced fruit.

Bouvet-Ladubay Saumur Brut NV
Star Buy - Bargain Fizz
Big summer party in view? Then you and yours will need a brilliant, bargain
bubbly to crack open for the occasion. Made exclusively from the Loire's
classy chenin blanc grape and stored in long, cold galleries hewn out of
the region's tuffeau stone, what you get from this fine sparkler is lots of
zippy, zesty, waxy, floral, honey-baked apple fruit.
 

Wine of the Week - Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2009/2010 Hawkes Bay Date published: 20/07/12

Villa Maria was founded in 1961 by George Fistonich, who's dedication to quality has been rewarded by Villa Maria claiming the New Zealand title for 'Most Awarded Wine Maker'.

Villa Maria is produced in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand which is situated on the East coast of the Northern Island, south of the Wairoa river.

With the long hot summers and cool winters the weather offers the best climate for growing grapes.

The Villa Maria Syrah bursts with red fruit flavors and a hint of pepper, light in tannin offers an easy drinking red.

This would complement a lovely tomato based pasta dish.

 

£9.99

20% off when you buy two New Zealand wine

About Beaujolais...Date published: 20/07/12

Beaujolais situated South Burgundy left of the River Soane, stretches for 34 mile. Beaujolais in total produces almost as much wine as the rest of the Burgundy wine regions put together!
The first thing to know about Beaujolais is that it is a red wine region, made from the Gamay grape. Beaujolais only makes 1% white wine which is made from Chardonnay.
Historically Gamay was grown throughout Burgundy. The soil in Beaujolais is typically granite based with various sandy top soils that drains, warms and ripens the Gamay grape which is the type of soil Gamay thrives on.

Beaujolais Villages v Beaujolais Crus
Thirty-nine villages have the right to call their wine Beaujolais Villages. The wines are usually blended between the villages, but occasionally one can find a wine with an individual named village.
Within the rolling granitic hills ten villages are recognised to produce wines of particular distinction and identifiable characters, these are the Beaujolais Crus.
Saint-Amour AC           Julienas AC               Chenas AC
Moulin a Vent AC         Chiroubles AC           Fleurie AC
Brouilly AC                    Morgon AC                 Regnie AC
Cote de Brouilly AC

Moulin a Vent and Brouilly are the most powerful and full-bodied and will improve in the bottle. Brouilly is most widely available as it has the largest production. Many of these wines and vinified in a traditional style and some will recieve oak aging.

Beaujolais wine is at its best young and produces uniquely fresh, vivid, fruity, light but infinitely swallowable wine.

Our Wines in the Press!Date published: 19/07/12

The Observer – David Williams – 15th July

2010 Laurent Miquel L’Artisan Faugeres
A consistently good producer whose wines from the Languedoc, such as this succulent, savoury blend of syrah and grenache, are good alternatives to more fashionable Rhone.

The Telegraph - Susy Atkins - 15th July

Paul Mas Chardonnay 2011
Although this is not a New World wine, it tastes like it, with ripe, juicy pineapple over buttered toast, but with a nicely judged, clean, fresh finish. One for lobster.

The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 14th July

2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken
…Or spend half that on another racy, grapey riesling: the smashing 2009 Prinz von Hessen Riesling Kabinett Trocken.

2011 Dr L Riesling
More medium dry is Ernst Loosen’s keenly priced 2011 Dr L Riesling with its pleasing ripe, grapey, floral, aniseed-spiked taste.

2010 Bourgogne Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir Potel
Nicolas Potel’s 2010 Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir is great value for money and bursts with terrific, elegant, ripe, smoky, gamey, strawberry-laden fruit.
(Recipe match - Matt Ong’s calf’s liver dish)

 

The FT – Jancis Robinson – 13th July

2009 Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah
Screwcapped and with a dreadfully dull label, but it’s dark and savoury with both leather and fruit aromas. Lots of fun. At the lower price, it’s great value.

 


2010 Lunta Malbec, Mendel
Big, glamorous and very well judged. Pure hedonism without too much alcohol. Some minerality.

2010 Catena Malbec
Such sophistication and class! A contrast to more souped-up examples. Lovely fluidity and freshness. Fully ripe, glossy fruit but not artificially sweet, nor aggressively potent.

Focus on - Marisco VineyardsDate published: 15/07/12

If you're an avid follower of wine gurus such as Olly Smith and Anthony Rose, you may have noticed the wines of Marisco cropping up in their recent press recommendations.

They're not only attracting the attention of the wine writers either – Marisco was awarded the prestigious accolade of New Zealand Winery of the Year – IWSC London 2011!

As well as producing the ever-popular Ned range, they are also responsible for The King's Selection, which we will Focus On this week.

Located in the Waihopai valley of Marlborough, New Zealand, the wines are a homage to the ancestry of the de Marisco family, who inhabited the island of Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris is a swipe at King Henry II, who in 1155 gifted Lundy to the Knights Templar, much to the annoyance of the inhabiting de Marisco family. They disputed ownership of the island, but were consequently fined for their refusal to relinquish control.

The wine is an wonderful balance of fresh fruit, perfume, sweetness and acidity. The refreshing natural spritz makes this Pinot Gris an ideal partner to Thai-inspired cuisine, or even creamy cheeses.

The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc reflects on a time when William de Marisco was favoured by the monarchy and was appointed chief of a Royal Gallery – a responsibility which involved defending against piracy.

An example of an excellent Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the King's Favour marries stone fruit flavours with a citrus lift, giving structured length and a rounded finish.

The aptly named A Sticky End is their Noble Sauvignon Blanc Dessert Wine. However, it is not named after the sticky-sweet honey and peach flavours, or indeed the sticky puddings that it would accompany excellently, but the fate of William de Marisco, who after being found guilty of piracy and treason, was summoned to London where he was hung, drawn and quartered.

The King's Thorn Pinot Gris @ £9.99 (when you buy 2 bottles)
The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc @ £9.99 (when you buy 2 bottles)
A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc @ £12.79 (when you buy 2 bottles)

Don't forget you can mix and match our New Zealand range to receive our 20% discount!

Wine of the Week - Surani Costaressa Primitivo Date published: 12/07/12

h Primitivo you old rascal: under valued, over planted and frankly abused under it's more famous pseudonym of Zinfandel. Three fabulous reasons then for inclusion in our 'Wine of the Week' I hear you say.

However all marbles have not been lost in Chesterfield, as this wine show cases the Primitivo grape at its best. Located within scent of the Ionian Sea, Manduria forms part of 'Italy's Heel' and comes under the Puglia wine region. Quality conscious producers have begun to redefine this area with far less horrific table wines now made.

Dense as the hull of a Trireme, murky as the depths of the Mediterranean and a rustic fruit character to delight Italy's Ionian Greek settlers! Surani have created a masterpiece but if you aren't convinced try some for yourself today!!

Instructions to serve:

1.Decant or pour into a large glass
2.Proceed to quaff with a knife and fork
3.Have a glass of water before bed


£9.99 or buy any Two Italian wines and Save 20%!

£7.99

The best of Italy and a Touch of English FizzDate published: 11/07/12

One of the many perks of our job is that we get to try a wide variety of wines, so that we can pass our knowledge on to you, the customer. Recently, we've been lucky enough to have been invited to try some of the best wines of Italy, as well as award-winning English sparkling wine. Here are some of my highlights!

Nyetimber English Sparkling Wine - Classic Cuvee  2004 - An excellent blend of citrus fruits, savoury characteristics and a bready, biscuity undertone, this fizz is equal, if not better than, its Champagne counterpart. A nice amount of sparkle, this would be an ideal aperitif.

Inama Soave Classico 2011 - The more I try this Italian white, the more I love it! The subtle floral characteristics, delicate citrus flavours and a nutty finish make his perfect for risotto or meaty white fish.

Conte Saladino Rosso Piceno 2010 - Packed full of ripe red and black fruit with a touch of tobacco, the flavour intensity and lengh are outstanding. Even better, it's currently only £6.99!

Fine Wine Friday - Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione, 2006Date published: 06/07/12

Montalcino is a small village located in the south of the Tuscan hills. It was identified in the 1970s as the ideal place to grow the Sangiovese (or Brunello as it is known) grape due to its warm, dry summers and rocky soils.

The result is that the wine has an intense but elegant concentration of flavour, and the potential to age for up to 20 years.

The Brunello of Il Poggione is very typical of this DOCG (this is the top quality classification of Italian wines, and Montalicino was the first region to be awarded this classification), with deep plum and chocolate aromas. Ripe dark berry fruits dance across the tongue, balanced by a touch of toasty oak, creating a velvet feeling in the mouth and an excellent long finish.

Can keep for a further 5 years, but will accompany rich tomato-based dishes perfectly.
 

Our Wines in the Press!Date published: 27/06/12

RECENT PRESS MENTIONS

The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 24th June

Riesling ‘Les Princes Abbes’ 2009 Schlumberger
A deep golden hue, with ripe baked-apple fruit, a squeeze of fresh peach, and a full, rounded texture. Just made for pork and ham pies on a summer picnic.

The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 24th June

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
Dry, bright and crisp, this is a modern take on the classic fresh white of northern Portugal. It’s delightfully citrussy with good acidity.

The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 24th June

Picpoul de Pinet 2011 Villemarin
This week’s top tipple
Stunning white wine to stock up with for summer – lemony, light, fresh and as pure as a laser beam with a pristine ping that’s outstanding paired with fish.

Quinta de Azevedo Vinho Verde 2010
Serve very cold for this shrill zippy white to show off all its intense citrus buzz. Relatively light in alcohol at just over 10% it’s a top candidate for lunchtime sipping with shellfish.

The FT – Jancis Robinson – 23rd June

Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2011
Sweet in a vaguely butterscotch way but also fresh thanks to cool drift up this Chilean valley off the Pacific. Concentrated, an easy drink to like. Some of the fruit was aged in barrique so the price is excellent. Very persistent indeed.

Montenovo Godello 2010
Forget Albarino. Godello is the hot new north-west Spanish grape variety with great class. This is far from the finest example, but it still knocked spots off Majestic's Maconnais whites at the same price. Cool but firm and with obvious inherent nobility.

La Grille Pinot Noir 2010
This must be one of the cheapest Pinot Noirs anywhere, barring soupy counterparts from Romania. Wine broker Charles Sydney put this together and bemoans the fact that the new appellation regulations for St-Pourcain in the northern foothills of the Massif Central demand at least 40% Gamay grapes in the blend, so this strawberry-like 100% Pinot has to be sold as a geographically vague Vin de France.

Vidal Fleury 2010, Cotes du Rhone
Rich nose. Vibrant, well-integrated and serious wine that is too dry to drink without food but it is proper artisan stuff from Guigal's sister company. Should last another three years.

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 23rd June

Rioja Reserva 2006 Vina Eguia
Very neat and tidy rioja, aged in both French and American oak. Comfortable and lovely with slow-cooked lamb.

Sipsmith Summer Cup
This fragrant gin-based summer cup has an earthy, peppery smell of spices and cardamom and is made with Sipsmith’s own excellent gin, combined with infusions that include verbena, Earl Grey tea and cucumber.

The Telegraph – James Bedford – 23rd June

Falanghina 2011 Terredora
Wine choice with Salt crust sea bass
Surprisingly for what on paper looks a warm area the whites are imbued with great freshness, here allied to the fragrant, delicately spiced charms of the falanghina grape. These are an ideal contrast with the dense flesh of the sea bass.

The Guardian – Fiona Beckett – 23rd June

Vina Tendida Moscato 2010
Or pick up a couple of bottles of Majestic's delicate, honeyed and rather more strait-laced Vina Tendida Moscato 2010, which I'd fancy with fruit salad or airy meringues

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 27/06/12

Waimea Estate Sauvignon Blanc, 2011

If you usually look to Marlborough to quench your Sauvignon Blanc thirst, Waimea will go down a treat. Located in Nelson, to the west of Marlborough, the cooling sea breezes help the ripening of the grapes, and thus the flavours are more developed. Packed full of gooseberry, tropical and herbaceous flavours, it is clean, crisp and delightfully refreshing.

In addition, it was awarded a bronze medal in the Decanter Awards 2010 for the best New Zealand wine under £10.

£10.99

Buy 2 New Zealand wines, save 20% = £8.79

Focus on - Santa RitaDate published: 27/06/12

Focus on...Santa Rita


Welcome to the first of our weekly in depth analysis of a specific winery in store.

This week we have chosen the superb Chilean Winery: Santa Rita. Based out of Santiago, they also own the Carmen winery and are affiliated with Los Vascos. This week we shall be focused upon their 120 series of wines: named in honour of the 120 patriot soldiers that found refuge at the Santa Rita estate during their successful war of independence.

Founded in 1880, their wines are produced from parcels across Chile's Maipo and Central valleys. This area remains Chile's most cultivated and important wine growing area. Here the climate is very consistent, irrigation from the Andes superb and the vineyards are continuing to improve due to the increasing use of modern techniques.


Over the past 20 years, exports of Chilean wines have increased to match ever increasing demand. This has led to winemaker's expanding into new areas across the country, banning the local and largely poor quality grape variety: Pais from mainstream production and experimenting with different grape varieties.

Although many critics are quick to discredit Chilean wines as both cheap and simple, we feel that this does not tell the whole picture. If you are looking for affordable, consistent weekday or party wines then the 120 range is certainly worth looking at.

Open to taste this week we have the following three wines :


Santa Rita 120 Merlot 2011, Central Valley @ £5.99 (2 or more bottles)

Santa Rita 120 Viognier, Maipo Valley @ £5.99 (2 or more bottles)

Santa Rita 120 Rose 2011, Central Valley @ £5.99 (2 or more bottles)

 

Don't forget that all Chilean wines are reduced by 20%!!
 

Wine of the Week - Masi Campofiorin 2008Date published: 27/06/12

Masi Campofiorin, 2008


Having been tasked with choosing the wine for last weekend's bbq (held inside naturally), I stumbled into the Boscaini family's latest creation. Most famous for their robust and consistently excellent Amarone I took the plunge with the Campofiorin. My only disappointment from the evening was the lack of the chargrilled charm on our quite excellent Derbyshire sausages, as this wine blew us all away!

Seductively dark in the glass, with an expressive nose of dark cherries and a classic savoury finish this wine was the perfect way to cheer us all up on a rainy evening in Chesterfield.

This wine is an excellent value representation of wine from the Veneto region or as an introduction into a style that perhaps has alluded your grasp thus far!

Perfect for bbqs or as a weekend treat in the glorious summer sunshine.

If you remain unconvinced then feel free to try a spot yourself!


 

£9.99 (when you buy any 2 bottles of Italian Wine)

It started with a Fino...Date published: 24/06/12

What an amazing couple of days spent Sherry tasting in Jerez courtesy of Romate!

We arrived into Jerez late on Wednesday evening, and after dropping off our bags at the hotel we were whisked out for dinner. We started our Sherry experience with a frozen Special Reserve Fino, which was wonderfully refreshing after our flight.

The next morning we were given the opportunity to see (and taste) the full sherry production process. Starting in the Romate vineyards, it was interesting to see how despite no rain for the last 2 months the chalky albarizo soil was able to retain so much water and irrigate the vines. After touring the pressing rooms and fermentation vats we tried the year-old fino – complete with a layer of flor! – which is at the very start of its sherry lifespan.

We then headed back into the heart of Jerez to the bodegas of Romate and as we walked among the vast rows of barrels we were given the opportunity to try the full spectrum of sherry styles straight from the cask. My personal highlights were the 30-year-old Olorosso, which was deep, rich and had flavours of walnut, and the deliciously sticky-sweet Pedro Ximenez. I found it particularly interesting seeing the way the barrels were stacked, as it made it easier to visualise the solera system (this is how sherry is blended to give it a uniform style and and interesting depth of flavour). It was also fascinating to see how much care and attention goes into the whole process, with the sherry being constantly monitored and tasted for changes in quality.

As well as producing sherry, Romate are known for their Brandy de Jerez (in fact it accounts for the majority of their income). We were exceptionally fortunate to have been given the opportunity to taste their 50 year old Cardenal Mendoza Non Plus Ultra (there are only 38 casks of it!), which was unbelievably complex and elegant.

After lunch (the Fino/gaspacho wine food match worked strangely well!) we were given time to explore Puerto de Santa Maria – a quaint fishing village - and prepare for another delicious feast on the evening (Fino came up trumps again, this time with a rich chocolate mousse!).

Our second day was spent exploring the local area starting with Arcos de la Frontera., a small hill-top town with wonderful panoramic views and winding roads – although not great for drivers! It was spectacular to look down and see the gentle rolling hills blanketed with vineyards and sunflower fields. Following a quick drink (the weather was decidedly warmer than the UK!) we were wined and dined once more (I would most definitely recommend Olorosso and Jamon Iberico), before heading to our final destination – Sanlucar de Barrameda. Located at the mouth of Guadalquivir river, it was apt that we finished our journey here as it is where the Manzanilla style of sherry is produced. We ended our sherry rainbow experience with a glass of Manzanilla – a light, dry style of Fino which has a saltier taste said to come from the seaside location of Sanlucar.

It has been a wonderfully educational experience, and I'm ready to answer any of your sherry questions!

Summer Party Services @ Majestic Chesterfield!Date published: 23/06/12

Are you planning a large function or party over the summer? If so, why not let Majestic Chesterfield give you a hand in making your day a great success!

Calculate the number of guests attending & identify the type of occasion

Fizz: To get your celebrations started with a swing, you can't beat a glass of fizz! As sparkling specialists we offer a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.

Wine: Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. At Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Beer/Cider: At Majestic we have a wide range of lagers and ales available by the case. Quantities depend largely on knowing your guests' likely preference for lager, ale or cider but as a rule it's best to over-order. Majestic will refund any unopened cases of beer or cider that you have left over.

Seasonal Drinks: We have a wide range of mixers, tonic water alongside Sipsmith Summer Cup and Pimms. Marry 1 part of either with 3 parts lemonade and fresh fruit for the perfect summer drink!

Soft Drinks/Water: Soft drinks are often an afterthought but they can be extremely important. You'll need soft drinks for mixers, as well as for drivers, non-drinkers and younger guests.

FREE Glass Loan & Chiller Bin Hire: You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses. All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Sale or Return Facility: It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. As long as it is returned in a re-saleable condition we will be happy to offer this service.

Free Delivery: We offer home or venue delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time to you.

Summer SizzlerDate published: 23/06/12

SUMMER SIZZLER

Dont miss out on our fantastic summer offers ...

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV £19.00

Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2011 Côteaux Varois en Provence £6.99

La Grille Pinot Noir Rosé 2011 Vin de France £5.99

Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Rosé 2011 Central Valley£4.99

Yali Winemaker's Selection Merlot Rosé 2010/2011 £5.99
Lindauer Rosé NV £7.99

** Prices subject to discount offers, ask in store for details

Our Wines in the Press!Date published: 22/06/12

The Telegraph – Giles Kime – 17th June

2011 Marquis de Pennautier Viognier
This delicious, good value Viognier from a historic estate in Languedoc would make a fitting partner to the mix of herby citrusy flavours in this week’s dish. It also makes a wonderful match for spicy food.
(dish = lemon and sage stuffed loin of pork)

The Observer – David Williams – 17th June

2010 Montenovo Godello
Rather less well-known but easily on a par in terms of quality*, are wines made from the godello grape in Galicia's Valdeorras region, of which this bottle, with its orchard fruit and graceful acidity, is a great example.
*compared to Albarino mentioned earlier

The Telegraph – Victoria Moore – 16th June

2011 Jackson Estate Stich Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a summer staple but as 2011 was a disappointing year for it in the Loire I’m looking to New Zealand to supply one that’s vibrant and youthful. This is a superb example, focussed and together. Lovely.

2010 Vocoret Chablis
This one’s reminiscent of wet limestone and lemon smelt through a gauze. Delicious with gougeres.

2011 Chateau Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé
Just listed in Summer wine: the best whites and rosés

The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 16th June

2011 Matsu el Picaro
This week’s top tipple
Intense, sleek, joyfully rich red. Gorgeous fruit (think dark cherry) with a gentle tickle of warming spice. A fabulous wholesome Spanish red to share with your mates – or enjoy on your own!

The Independent – Terry Kirby – 10th June

2010 Vidal Fleury Cairanne
The dominant Grenache in the blend delivers fulsome bright fruit and freshness while Syrah and Mourvedre contribute some punch with black pepper and structure.

Champagne Special Offer!! Montaudon Brut NV @ £15!!Date published: 22/06/12

From a Champagne house established in 1891, named after the family who owned and ran the house for four consecutive generations until 2008. This is a blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, blended with 20% reserve wines.

 

Perfect for parties or celebrating England's victory at Euro 2012!!

 

Offer ends 2nd July!

Karl's Staff pickDate published: 21/06/12

Montenovo Godello 2010, Valdesil, Valdeorras - £7.99 (when you buy 2 or more bottles)

Grape: Godello

Region: Valdeorras, NW Spain (Inland area of Galicia)

Fact: Until the rise of Rias Baixas (Albarino), this area was seen as Galicia's most promising region.

Taste: A youthful, green-tinged straw yellow wine with a clean nose of grassy herbaceousness. Light in weight on the palate with bags of pineapple and pear characteristics this remains a pure expression of Godello.

Food Match: Percfect with tapas, grilled sardines or anchovies.

Did you know?: Valdesil are one of the top producers in Valdeorras, where the terroir is typified by slate soils, steep vineyards and a wet, Atlantic influenced climate.

Harriet's Staff Pick - Minuty RoseDate published: 21/06/12

M de Minuty Rosé 2011 Côtes de Provence

Château de Minuty is located on the St Tropez Peninsular, with its vineyards virtually overlooking the Mediterranean. This rosé is quintessential of the local style, with the blend employing the little-known Tibouren grape, a variety grown almost exclusively in Provence.

Pale honeysuckle pink, and offering a clean nose of citrus fruit, offset by subtle floral and candied notes. Fresh acidity makes for a an incisive and lively palate, with a rounded feel

Partner with the delicate flavours of fresh shellfish, or with a mozzarella and sun-ripened tomato salad

On the tasting counter - come and try it for yourself!!

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 18/06/12

I'm a big fan of the big, earthy flavours of the wines from Languedoc, so I've been in my element during the Sud de France Festival this weekend! I've been very impressed by Mas de Mas Langeudoc, and Domain de L'Aigle Pinot Noir by Gérard Bertrand stands up to its Burgundian counterparts, but for an everyday-drinking wine I would recommend Domaine Tranquilité 2009, Bernard Magrez. Packed full of dark berry flavours and with a hint of licquorice, it is a pleasing blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. The velvet tannins make this an ideal partner to rich casseroles and roasted game, but it is equally capable of being drunk by itself.

Special Offer: £6.99 when you buy 2 (Single bottle price £7.99)

Wine of the Week - Fairleigh Estate Riesling, 2011Date published: 17/06/12

From a region where Sauvignon Blanc is king, here we have a wonderful example of one of the lesser-grown grapes in Marlborough. It is developing a reputation for producing quality Riesling in the style of those from Mosel in Germany.

Produced exclusively for Majestic Wines, Fairleigh Estate Riesling is crisp, lively and packed full of zesty flavours. A touch of ginger and white floral characteristics balance well with the clean and refreshing finish.

It is ideal with spicy Asian cuisine or can be drunk as an apéritif. Alternatively, leave for up to 3 years and the wine will soften, allowing it to develop more honeyed and petrol notes.

20% off Wines of New Zealand = £6.99 when you buy any 2
Single bottle price: £8.74

Our Wines in the Press!Date published: 14/06/12


The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 9th June
2011 The Ned Sauvignon Blanc
Mouthwatering, bold, floral, white currant, nettle and gooseberry-stashed 2011 from Marlborough is just the ticket for all those al fresco summer spreads.

2011 Gestos Malbec
A truly gorgeous, barbecue-friendly, higher altitude-sourced Argentinian red that bursts with seductive, bold, juicy, 14% alcohol, spiced-currant fruit.

The Independent – Anthony Rose – 9th June
2011 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Paul Cherrier et Fils
This fine new vintage sauvignon is fragrant and concentrated with classic gooseberry fruit, its herbaceous borders adding zing to this stylish Loire dry white.

The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 9th June
2011 Black Cottage Pinot Rosé
Listed as 1 of the 4 wines in ‘This week’s top wines’

The Sunday Express – Jamie Goode – 3rd June
Chapel Down English Rose NV
This salmon-coloured English fizz is crisp and precise with subtle cherry fruitiness and some lively, herby notes.

The Daily Mail – Matthew Jukes – 2nd June
2007 Marques de la Concordia Crianza
This bold, daring, statesmanlike red has masses of class and impact on the palate. Bigger, darker and richer than many reds, drink it with Roast British Beef and potato salad.

Team Chesterfield's Top Ten FW Picks for JuneDate published: 14/06/12

Looking to treat yourself with that 'special' bottle and unsure about what to go for? Here at Majestic Chesterfield we have come up with an easy to navigate list with our Top Ten Fine Wines to help you along the way!!

 

Red

Rioja Gran Reserva 1989, Vina Muriel - £25 or buy 2 bottles save £15 = £17.50

Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vignoble Abeille 2007, Mont Redon - £25 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £22

Chateau Larrivet Haut-Brion 2004, Pessac-Leognan - £24

Brunello di Montalcino 2005, Il Poggione - £26

Amarone Classico Costasera 2007/8, Masi - £30 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £27


White

Leeuwin Esate 'Art Series' Riesling 2009, Margaret River - £22 or buy 2 bottles save £8 = £18

Shadowfax Chardonnay 2010, Mornington Peninsula - £25 or buy 2 bottles save £10 = £20

Soave 'La Rocca' 2010, Pieropan - £25 or buy 2 bottles save £6 = £22

Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2008/9, Marlborough - £30 or buy any 2 NZ wines save 20% = £23.99

Meursault 1er Cru 'Chateau de Blagny' 2009, Louis Latour - £30

Wine of the Week - Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 Viña EguíaDate published: 13/06/12

Rioja Gran Reserva 2003 Viña Eguía

Grape: Tempranillo - this grape has a naturally low low oxidity enzyme  content, giving its wine an exceptional longevity


Bodegas Eguía are located in Elciego in the Rioja Alavesa subregion, where they have 50 hectares of estate vineyards as well as several partner growers, with vines averaging 40 years of age. This wine receives 30 months in barrel and 3 years in bottle before release.
Ruby red with medium density and a brick-like rim. The fruit is very mature, exhibiting raisin, prune and caramel notes, accompanied by vanilla, clove and leather. Silky mouth-feel and good length.

Drink with all slow-cooked lamb dishes, or with nutty-tasting cheeses.

£12.99 or save £8 when you buy two bottles for £8.99

Anna's Weekly Wine ChoiceDate published: 12/06/12

For my first choice I'm going for Stella Alpina Pinot Grigio - a classy Italian Pinot Grigio with lively fruit flavours and excellent length.

From the region of Alto Adige, Italy's most northerly wine region, the cooler climate is perfect for growing aromatic varietals such as Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and Gewurztraminer. 

The wine has wonderful aromas of melon and pear, zesty acidity and well-rounded stone-fruit and apple-blossom flavours. The bursting fresh fruit make it a great accompaniment to baked seabass with fennel, spicy scallops or a fresh Greek salad.

£10.99 or only £8.79 when you buy 2 or more Italian wines.

Having a party??Date published: 12/06/12

If you are having a party this summer and are unsure of what wines to have - dont worry!

Majestic have a great selection of great party wines and at an excellent price of just £4.99!!!

  • Château Mont Milan 2010 Corbières
  • St Hallett Poacher's Blend 2010/2011 Barossa Valley
  • Pinot Grigio Pavia 2011 Pasqua
  • Aspen Estate Shiraz 2011 South Eastern Australia
  • Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Rosé 2011 Central Valley

Ordering from Majestic means you can relax as we can provide:

** FREE Glass Loan

**FREE Chiller Bin Loan

** Advise on how much to buy

** Cubed Ice

** Sale or return arrangment

** FREE delivery 7 days a week

Last but not least, we wish you a great party!

6 BOTTLE DELIVERIES HAVE BEGUN!Date published: 12/06/12

Pick and mix any 6 bottles, or choose a pre-mixed explorers case and get it delivered to your door for FREE!!

** For 6 bottle delivery you must spend over £40.00 or a small delivery fee will be charged. **

Harriet's wine of the weekDate published: 11/06/12

Villa Maria Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010/2011 Wairau Valley, Marlborough
A great wine from the heart of the Wairau Valley, where the unusual weather conditions means the grapes can be left on the vines for longer, benefiting from a particularly long ripening period, building high sugars.

Producing an exhilarating wine full of gooseberry flavours combined with tropical passion fruit providing a lingering crisp freshness. Complimented by fish or easy drinking on its own

Buy 2 still New Zealand wines save 20% £9.99

Karl's Weekly RecommendationDate published: 09/06/12

Welcome to a new idea from Majestic Chesterfield! Each staff member shall be provding a weekly staff pick in store to give you a helping hand along the way! This will be open to taste also!!

 

My first choice is the brand new: Butcher's Block GSM, 2009 @ £11.99 (when buy any 2 Australian wines save 20%)

A typical Southern Cotes Du Rhone blend this wine is the new world equivalent to a Gigondas or Vacqueryras and as such represents excellent valley for money. With grapes grown exclusively in the Barossa Valley, the wine is further aged for two years before release. As the hottest area in South Eastern Australia, Barossa is the ideal breeding ground for robust, fruit driven reds and the Butcher's Block does not disappoint! An explosion of black fruit on the nose is followed by layered flavour characters of cassis, blackcurrant and dark chcocolate. Perfect with steak or a bbq.

 

Open to taste to today!

Wine of the Week - Yalumba 'Y' Series Viognier 2010/2011 South AustraliaDate published: 08/06/12

The Barossa Valley has some of the oldest vines in the world and is home to Yalumba, founded in 1849. Yalumba has had considerable success with the rare and aromatic Viognier grape.


This is a full-bodied dry white, with a gorgeously perfumed floral scent and a ripe, peach and apricot fruit, with a silky palate-feel.


Enjoy with a light pasta flavoured with herbs, seared swordfish or tuna.


£9.49 or buy 2 Australian wines between £5 - £20 and save 20%

£7.49!

Harriet's top wines so far ...Date published: 04/06/12

Well my first month at Majestic has been a bit of a whirlwind, I have tried lots of differewnt wines and trying to pick which are my favorite so far is some task.

I'll start with Beaujolais-Villages 2010 Georges Duboeuf, I picked this to go on the tasting counter as I liked the look of it, it has a pretty label! After tasting it I really liked it. Its packed with juicy strawberry, raspberry and cherry fruit flavours. Its light and refreshing! Only £5.99 on offer, its not bad!

I purchased the Casale Di Valle Chianti 2010 DOCG the other week, I got home from work and cracked it open, my partner isn't a red drinker but I made him try it with me and we agreed its a lovely red. Bright ruby red in colour, with density and persistent legs. Aromas of cherry and fresh red fruits mingle with spicy pepper notes. Lively and supple on the palate, with fine, rounded tannins. Easy drinking I say!

Now for whites ... NewZealand has won me over again with the The King's Thorn Pinot Gris 2011 Marlborough along with the The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Marlborough! Again the labels stand out to me (I must be a sales persons dream!) The Kings Favour is stony and firm on the palate, with an incisive, Sancerre-like structure, albeit with a ripe, rounded edge. Where as the Kings thorne is perfumed with honeysuckle and peach. A lightly unctuous and off-dry palate are lifted by acidity and a hint of natural spritz. If you haven't yet, you must try these!!

My fine wine still has to be the Cloudy Bay 'Te Koko' Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough - I still can't get my head around just how nice this wine is! A full bodied palate of citrus fruits with the richer flavours of caramel and nougat, leading to a crisp yet spicy finish. With it being more expensive its one to treat yourself to for a special occasion.

Now for the bubbles ... Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2008 with fine bubbles and persistent beading, this deliciously dry Cava has fresh, light, floral aromas with delicately rounded, well-balanced pear and brioche flavours. Now to add a bit pure luxury try adding the Chase Distillery elderflower liqueur ... delicious!

Finally you can't go all summer with out a Rosé the AIX Rosé 2010/2011 Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 1.5l Magnum is fantastic, especially for these summer parties . We had it for my sisters hen weekend and It went down a treat its unashamedly vibrant and summery, with a bright pink colour and a delicate balance of crisp acidity and soft, ripe summer fruit.

Summer Sizzler Date published: 04/06/12

Dont miss out on our fantastic summer offers, get into the summer spirit with some Rosé

Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé NV £19.00
Domaine La Chautarde Rosé 2011 Côteaux Varois en Provence £6.99
La Grille Pinot Noir Rosé 2011 Vin de France £5.99
Luis Felipe Edwards Mountain View Rosé 2011 Central Valley£4.99
Yali Winemaker's Selection Merlot Rosé 2010/2011 £5.99
Lindauer Rosé NV £7.99

*prices subject to discount offers, ask in store for more details

 

Majestic in the Press - Saturday 2nd JuneDate published: 02/06/12

Jane MacQuitty's write ups in The Times today:

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose NV
Its glorious meaty, lingering, red summer-fruit flavours make it a great
bubbly now, equally happy with salmon and rosy-pink lamb.

Extra de Codorniu Brut NV
Britain loves bubbles, but inexpensive, easy-drinking summer sparklers with
crowd-pleasing fruit are very hard to find. Majestic's brilliant, and
brilliant value, Extra Cuvee cava, made by the traditional champagne
method, is consistently delicious. So dive into this stylish 11.5 percent
Spanish sparkler oozing terrific, zesty citrus fruit.

Best of British!Date published: 31/05/12

Best of British @ Majestic Chesterfield

Chapel Down Flint Dry 2010 @ £8.99
Made using entirely German grape varieties (think Saxe-Coburg), this wine has the leanness and minerality of a Pouilly Fume whilst retaining classic English balance.

Chase Distillery Fruit Liqueurs @ £10
Based at their distillery in Hereford, Chase have sought to create premium spirits and liqueurs. Accompany with sparkling wine for the perfect Jubilee celebration!

Chapel Down Brut NV @ £14.99
Another classic Saxe-Coburg style blend that gives Marque Champagnes a run for their money! Zesty, well balanced and a slight nuttiness provide a sparkling wine of real finesse.

Sipsmith Summer Cup @ £18
Quintessentially English by design and nature, Sipsmith produce all their products through batch distilling to create unique flavour characters. Serve with Lemonade and fruit!

Tyrrells Hand Cooked English Crisps @ £1.99

Wine of the Week - Wirra Wirra Church block 2010Date published: 31/05/12

The late Greg Trott, winemaker at Wirra Wirra, named this wine after one of the original vineyard blocks from which the blend was made in 1972. Originally a Grenache and Shiraz blend, the wine has evolved over the years into this Cabernet-biased Aussie hybrid.

An aromatic nose, full of cedar, aniseed, clove and leaf notes. Bright plum, bramble and cherry fruit characterise the plush and juicy palate, supported by smooth-textured tannins.

Enjoy immediately or cellar for up to 8 years. Serve with fillet steak.

£12.49 or buy any 2 Australian Wines & Save 20%
£9.99!!
 

Our Wines in the Press!Date published: 31/05/12

RECENT PRESS MENTIONS


The Independent – Terry Kirby – 27th May


2010 Chateau Mont Milan
A familiar blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah, it is reassuringly robust, spicy and full-flavoured and would suit any grilled meats or Mediterranean vegetable dishes.


2010 Marquis de Pennautier Viognier


Typically aromatic with scents of peaches and apricots on the nose, big fruit tastes, with buttery, honey touches and a long dry finish. Try with scallops or any flat white fish with a lemony sauce.


The Times – Jane MacQuitty – 26th May


2011 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Famille Negrel


Provence is the place for dry pinks, with almost four-fifths of its wine production turned into rosé. Tuck into my favourite, the ripe, herby 2011 Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire Rosé.


The Daily Mail – Olly Smith – 26th May


Sipsmith Summer Cup


Sipsmith Summer Cup (available through Majestic) is a great addition to the fruit cup line-up.
The Telegraph – Susy Atkins – 25th May


2011 Torres Vina Sol Rosé


With its scent of strawberries and light cream, and lip-smacking, dry, fresh finish, this makes a great aperitif or party pink on a hot summer’s night.


2011 Cune Rioja Rosado


A very dry, elegant pink with a delicate strawberry tang, and refreshing lift of lemon. One for seafood, especially prawns.

The Ned takes the Accolades!Date published: 25/05/12

Marisco takes Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011
 

The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Marisco Vineyards won the Trophy for ‘Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under £10’ at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London overnight. Marisco Vineyards was also awarded NZ Winery of the Year at the IWC in October 2011.

Marisco Vineyards Proprietor and Chief Winemaker Brent Marris says the win is another significant endorsement of the quality of Sauvignon Blanc being grown at their Waihopai Valley property and crafted by their highly skilled team in their new-generation winery.

“We stake our reputation on our Sauvignon Blanc because it’s what Marlborough is best known for internationally, and we’re thrilled that for a panel of global judges ours came out on top,” he says.

The Decanter World Wine Awards receive more than14,000 entries from around the world and are judged by 200 international wine experts

“Because the UK is such a traditional market, and so important to our business, this win is priceless. It will put us in a very strong position for selling the 2012vintage there, and embedding our brand as one of the top performing New Zealand labels in the UK,” says Marris.

More than 50% of Marisco Vineyards’ wine is sold in the UK and import volumes are expected to rise significantly over the next 12 months.

“The UK was New Zealand’s first international wine market and there remains huge interest in our wines there and across Europe. It’s important that we keep investing in the UK because it’s a real cornerstone for New Zealand’s wine export industry,” he says.

Summer Party Services @ Majestic Chesterfield!Date published: 21/05/12


Are you planning a large function or party over the summer? If so, why not let Majestic Chesterfield give you a hand in making your day a great success!

Calculate the number of guests attending & identify the type of occasion

Fizz: To get your celebrations started with a swing, you can't beat a glass of fizz! As sparkling specialists we offer a wide range of fantastic fizzes on amazing offers.

Wine: Make sure you are ordering the right wine by organising a tasting before you order. At Majestic we have an extensive range of wines open to taste on our tasting counters, and can often open specific bottles on request.

Beer/Cider: At Majestic we have a wide range of lagers and ales available by the case. Quantities depend largely on knowing your guests' likely preference for lager, ale or cider but as a rule it's best to over-order. Majestic will refund any unopened cases of beer or cider that you have left over.

Seasonal Drinks: We have a wide range of mixers, tonic water alongside Sipsmith Summer Cup and Pimms. Marry 1 part of either with 3 parts lemonade and fresh fruit for the perfect summer drink!

Soft Drinks/Water: Soft drinks are often an afterthought but they can be extremely important. You'll need soft drinks for mixers, as well as for drivers, non-drinkers and younger guests.

FREE Glass Loan & Chiller Bin Hire: You'll always get through more glasses than you expect! The Majestic Free Glass Loan service includes wine glasses, flutes, hi-ball tumblers and pint glasses. All we ask for is a £1-a-glass deposit, payable in advance, and that the glasses are returned to us clean and ready for re-use. The deposit is fully refundable – all you pay for is breakages. And since you have paid a deposit, there's no time limit in which you have to return them.

Sale or Return Facility: It's always difficult to know exactly how much to provide for a party or event and you certainly don't want to run out. As long as it is returned in a re-saleable condition we will be happy to offer this service.

Free Delivery: We offer home or venue delivery, 7 days a week, arranged at a convenient time to you.

Jubilee Offers - Rioja Vina Egiua Crianza 2007 - Only £4.99!Date published: 17/05/12

You may have noticed that we currently have an amazing offer on Rioja Viña Eguia Crianza 2007 (if you haven't, its only £4.99 a bottle when you buy 2 or more!), but what exactly does it mean when a Spanish wine is described as Crianza? And more importantly, how will it taste?!

The term Crianza is used as an indication of age in Spanish wines. In Rioja and Ribera del Duero the wine must spend a minimum of 6 months in oak casks, and a further 18 months ageing in bottle. It is a relatively young wine, and therefore the style is fresh, soft and full of juicy fruit flavours such as strawberry and ripe cherry.

A Reserva wine will spend at least 1 year in oak with a further 2 years in bottle. This extra time allows secondary flavours such as vanilla, cedar and toasted oak to develop, whilst still maintaining the fruit flavours of cherry and strawberry.

The final category is Gran Reserva, which is used to describe wine produced in outstanding vintages that have undergone the maximum period of ageing – a minimum of 5 years ageing of which at least 18 months is spent in oak. The wines tend to be rich, full-bodied and displaying mature flavours of dried fruit, smoky tobacco and rich spices.

Combine the slow arrival of summer with bubbles!Date published: 13/05/12

The followin three bubbles are a clear favourite here in Majestic Chesterfield:

Undurraga Rose £5.99 special offer (down from £8.99)

To be opened next weeked I am sure it will go down a treat! Lots of red cherry and strawberry fruit flavours and plenty of soft bubbles. Quintessential party fizz.

Prosecco La Marca Treviso £8.99 special offer (down from £11.99)

Elegant and refreshing, yet slightly off-dry, this Prosecco is a party winner. Pear, melon and citrus flavours dominate this wine. Great on its own or with light fish dishes and other nibbles.

Push-the-boat-out option: Heidsieck Gold Top 2005 champagne £20 per bottle special offer

It's not often that you come across a vintage champagne which is a similar price to NV, and that offers bags of flavour. Creamy, biscuity with green apple and citrus fruit. Enjoy on its own with a few nibbles - great for a wedding reception.

Karl's Trip to Portugal!Date published: 13/05/12

What a trip! And to where to start? A brief introduction with everyone at Gatwick airport over a Samuel Adams before boarding our flight to Porto. Ideal. Upon arrival we hopped on the disappointingly new regional train (the old carriages with no doors, wooden seats and stories of David Gower/Mike Gatting supping Bollinger and practicisng their cover drive with a bag of oranges were replaced two years previous) up the Duoro valley until the amazingly beautiful Quinta de Vargellas was reached!

Mountainous, quiet and only 20km from the Spanish border: Vargellas remains Taylor's signature property capable of producing some of the finest wine in the valley. After discovering White Port with tonic (a truly delicious drop) we were presented with a 20 year old Tawny and the frankly stunning Vargellas 1996 which without coming across as all Broadbent clearly indicates how the other half do in fact live! An 8km run, preceded by just 3 hours sleep may not seem like the perfect start to the day for anyone nursing somewhat of a Port tarantula (a dull headache that grips from behind the ears), but with the sun dazzling from behind the mountains it seemed rude not to!

Following a fine breakfast of which Dr Seuss would be proud (eggs & ham), we proceeded on a whirlwind tour of the fabulous modern Nogeuria winery, visited Quinta da Roeda and had lunch at the equally stunning Quinta de Panascal! Without much haste we arrived in Porto, with great fanfare and spent the night at The Yeatman hotel in Villa Nova de Gaia. Here we further stretched our stomachs with a fabulous meal and enlivened the conversation with a Taylor's Vinatge 1985 port. With it's abundance of fresh fruit on the nose this wine is sure to be around for a good few years to come!

A dip in the outdoor pool at 7am, another mammoth 'Sportsman's breakfast' before a full port tasting set us up to enjoy the last remains of the glorious weather in Portugal. All in all a fabulous three days was had by all, for any further anecdotes I am willing to tell anyone that will listen for long enough!!

My first week with MajesticDate published: 08/05/12

My first week working at Majestic in Chesterfield has flown by. The first day I walked into the store I felt daunted by all the different wines we sell! Karl and Anna have been lovely and made me feel at easy and I've settled in well. Getting me to spend as much time as possible at the tasting counter trying all different wines has really helped.

Before I started at Majestic I would stay clear of red but Anna gave me a Pinot Noir to taste and I'd say this has now changed with it being a light introduction to the world of reds, I'm looking forward to tasting more red wines instead of steering away from them! 

My first fine wine Friday introduces me to Te Koko Cloudy Bay and I must say this is the best wine I have tasted - with its honey and ginger flovours it is just to die for!!

I can't wait to improve my knowledge on all the wines on offer at Majestic and experience their taste first hand ... I will keep you all posted with how my Majestic journey is going!

Fine Wine Friday - Te Koko Sauvigon Blanc,2008Date published: 04/05/12


From the world-renowned vineyards of Cloudy Bay comes their intriguing and impressive Te Koko. Whereas the conventional Cloudy Bay is driven by young, crisp, fresh citrus fruit and herbaceous flavours, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes of Te Koko undergo fermentation using wild yeast. This allows the wine to develop some interesting savoury and nutty flavours, and the three years of maturation give the wine a wonderfully complex, creamy and full-bodied texture.

On the nose, vibrant aromas of lychee and honeysuckle are predominant, which continue onto the palate, along with complex layers of stone fruit, ginger, mandarin blossom and almond.

An elegant wine such as Te Koko requires an elegant dish such as oysters drizzled with lemon, red mullet with baked fennel or a warm goats cheese tartlet.

FREE Wine Events In-storeDate published: 15/04/12

Here at Majestic Chesterfield, we hold three different Wine events across the course of the year. Below is a brief summary:

 

The Wine Course

An informal 90 minute appetiser with 8-10 people that aims to shed light on tasting jargon, food and wine matching and any other queries you may have! There are 8 wines to taste blind, learning how to taste wine as a professional and a few choice nibbles to finish! These courses are held approx. every 2 weeks and for up to date information look at our 'Events' page.

Wine Walks

Held in store, in group of 10 Wine Walks serve to introduce our newest arrivals with the emphasis on grape varieties and areas off the beaten track. A relaxed jaunt to several stations around the store see several comparative tastings, a selection of delcious Italian nibbles and a light hearted look at some of the trade's latest trends. These are held seasonally with the next two dates to be confirmed soon for July/August.

Wine Evenings

Held just twice a year, this is the largest of our in store tastings. Sample a variety of wines, turn up, taste away and enjoy some light hearted conversation with members of staff. Between 8-12 wines are showcased on the night with a seasonal focus and matched again with some fantastic Italian food delights! Next available date is Tuesday 22nd May. To reserve your free place contact the store.

 

For any further information do not hesitate to contact us:

01246 556227 or chf@majestic.co.uk

Greene King IPA. Now in store!Date published: 26/03/12

We have a new ale in stock!

The Greene King IPA. 12x 500ml at £15 or buy 2 save £6!

At 3.6% abv this is a perfect partner to the sunny weather in Chesterfield.

A great tasting ale, characterised by its fresh, hoppy taste and clean, bitter finish.

Store Events(3)

Free Spotlight Tasting

11 December 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

Wines from the Rhone Valley are always the perfect pairing for this time of year. Think warming, rich and spicy red wines matched with deliciously meaty stews! We'll show you where to look to avoid breaking the bank with Cote Rotie and Chateauneuf du Pape whilst discovering the lesser known gem of Lirac and some great value Cotes du Rhone.

RSVP

Free Spotlight Tasting

6 December 2014 (15:00 - 16:00)

The Christmas warm-up starts here! Need a little guidance on the perfect wine match for Christmas lunch? Or the best fizz to pop open? We'll have a selection of our favourites open, as well as offering a little advice on how to get the best out of your wine choices.

RSVP

Free Spotlight Tasting

27 November 2014 (18:30 - 20:00)

To celebrate Thanksgiving, we'll be opening a selection of wines from the USA's most prominent wine region, California. From Pinot Noir to Zinfandel, Napa to Lodi.

RSVP

Store Tasting(5)

What we're tasting today...

Meet the team...

  • David Manager

    I'm delighted to be back in Chesterfield having been here as assistant manager for most of last Summer. I'm looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces. I enjoy the variety of our Italian range, as well as Spanish whites. If I'm feeling a bit flush I like a Northern Rhone Syrah, or a chilled glass of Louis Roederer Champagne.
  • Joe Assistant Manager

    Coming from the North West and having worked in the West Midlands I thought it was about time to check out the east of the country! I am a big fan of both Chilean and Spanish wines, with big new world Chardonnays competing with Ribera del Dueros for the top spot. Hard to beat a great bottle of Italian wine too though...
  • Siobhán Trainee Manager

    Having moved from Nottingham store I am delighted to be in Chesterfield! I am a big fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and any Gewürztraminer but you cant beat a glass of Laurent-Perrier. I am still new to Majestic, this is my 2nd store but I hope to build on my knowledge here as I carry on in my Majestic journey.

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